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November 2017
10:30 am — 3:00 pm
@ The Victoria Club
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The Lives and Art of the Bloomsbury Painters

The output and lives of the Bloomsbury Group usually arouse strong feelings for or against, but both its admirers and critics acknowledge that its members made a significant impact on the cultural life of England in the first half of the twentieth century.  This special interest day  focuses on them through the  works of its artists, particularly Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry and Dora Carrington, and puts them in the context of their complicated, but fascinating, interrelated lives. An integral part of…

March 2018
10:30 am — 3:00 pm
@ The Victoria Club
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20th Century British Gardens and Gardeners

The English garden of the early years of the C20th was almost as significant, in terms of worldwide influence, as the landscapes of William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown.  The gardens created, in particular by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, set a standard against which English gardens would be measured for the next 60 years.  Modernism, instinctively mistrusted by the English, swept over Europe and America at precisely this period and only in the 1990s were brave steps taken to…

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