Thursday 17 September 2015 - 8:00 pm.

The Role of the Royal Mistress in History [more details]
Lecturer: Caroline Rayman
Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V, Am Sandtorkai 48, 20457 Hamburg
(Please note that the entrance to the Amerikazentrum is at the back of the building, not the entrance on Sandtorkai)

This talk is a story of the power and influence of 'Royal Favourites' through the ages from Fair Rosamond Clifford in the 12th century right up to the 20th century

Thursday 8 October 2015 - 8:00 pm.

Art Crime: Han Van Meegeren - the Man who Forged Vermeer’s Paintings [more details]
Lecturer: Malcolm Kenwood
Location: DESY Auditorium

Dutch artist and forger Han Van Meegeren committed the most lucrative, audacious art fraud of the 20th century. Today he is renowned as "The Man Who Made Vermeers" and duped a certain buyer, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. This lecture explores his extraordinary life, starting with a childhood passion for the 17th century painters of the Dutch Golden Age. It reveals how he slowly evolved the techniques to deceive the most authoritative art historians of the day.

Thursday 12 November 2015 - 8:00 pm.

Yorkshire Influences: Hepworth and Moore [more details]
Lecturer: Elizabeth Strang
Location: DESY Building 1, Room 4a/b

Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth were always products of their native Yorkshire, greatly influenced by the stone-filled landscape and the hardy people. From their debut together at the Leeds School of Art grew a joint determination to carve into the material. Their later London friendship saw a mutual interest in the influence of primitive art and development of abstraction. Despite varying degrees of fame and fortune, this closeness to the land was evident in their work and their Yorkshire background remained a bond between them.

Thursday 21 January 2016 - 8:00 pm.

Rembrandt: Bohemian or Businessman, Romantic or Rebel [more details]
Lecturer: Jane Choy
Location: DESY Auditorium

Rembrandt has not left much written material explaining his views on art, but what he has left is a unique visual autobiography in his self-portraits which he did from the age of 20 to 63, the year of his death. This lecture will use the self-portraits as a thread through his life and with his other masterpieces explore the man and what, why, and how he painted.

Thursday 11 February 2016 - 8:00 pm

The Phoenix at the Fall of Empire:
Three Empresses of China and the Fate of the Imperial Art Collection
[more details]
Lecturer: Anne Haworth
Location: DESY Auditorium

In Ancient China, the phoenix, a bird of myth and legend, symbolised the Empress, consort to the Dragon Emperor. The lecture focuses on three Empresses who lived in the Forbidden City from the 18th century to the end of Empire in 1911. Their history reaches back to a golden age of art patronage and expansion of the vast Imperial collection and forward to the Warlord era of the 20th century, when the art collection was plundered by Palace eunuchs. In this lecture, the phoenix is also the Imperial art collection itself, which was reborn from the ashes of Empire and civil war

Thursday 17 March 2016 - 7:00 pm.

Charles Dickens: the Man and his Life through his Characters [more details]
Lecturer: Bertie Pearce
with special guest Mark Lyndon
Location: Church of St Thomas Becket, Zeughausmarkt 22, 20459 Hamburg
(Fund-raising event in aid of The Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket. All proceeds from this event will go to the Church and tickets should be purchased in advance).

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Charles Dickens brought into the world a staggering array of wonderful characters with orphans, starving children, misers, murderers and abusive school teachers among them. Largely self educated, Dickens possessed the genius to become the greatest writer of his age with 15 major novels and countless short stories and articles. In his lecture Bertie Pearce looks at the life and places of Dickens through his characters. The talk is interspersed with readings of this works.

Thursday 21 April 2016 - 8:00 pm.

Turkey: from Constantinople to Istanbul [more details]
Lecturer: John Osborne
Location: DESY Auditorium

The lecture traces the transformation of the great city of Constantinople into Istanbul, superbly situated on the waters that divide Europe from Asia. It is still a hugely busy, prosperous and fascinating city, full of its 1800 years' history. Some 20th century history is then touched on and mention will be made of Kemal Ataturk and his extraordinary achievement in creating the modern Turkish state.

Thursday 16 June 2016 - 7.30pm.

AGM followed by
Passion for Piers: a Delightful Look at the History of Piers
[more details]
Lecturer: Jackie Marsh-Hobbs
Location: International School of Hamburg (Aula), Hemmingstedter Weg 130, 22609 Hamburg

A delightfully entertaining look at the history of pleasure piers covering just over 200 years, from the first pier in the Regency period up to the present day. Almost 100 pleasure piers were built around the British coastline, diverse in design and some crowned with exotic palaces or pavilions.