THE SEASON 2018 – 2019

For the 2018-2019 programme we have chosen a series of fascinating lectures which we hope you will enjoy. They will be held at 7.10 pm in the BATH ROYAL LITERARY and SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN on the first Monday of the month whenever possible. Convenient car parking is available close by in the Charlotte Street Car Park.

Non Arts Society members are very welcome at a cost of £8.00 and Arts Society visiting members £5.00. If you need any further information please contact Chairman, Jane Walters on 01225 834030 or email:

Wine, tea and coffee are available from 6.30 pm.

Members are kindly requested to be seated by 7.10pm .

Twigs Way: Mary Delany (1700 – 1788) and her “Paper Mosaicks”

Monday 1 October 2018

Scandal, politics, botany, art and wit – this talk has it all. It follows the life of the ‘grotto nymph’ and creator of botanic paper…

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Charles Harris: Posters of the Belle Epoque

Monday 5 November 2018

This lecture relates the technical innovation combined with creative genius and remarkable craftsmanship that enabled the Poster to become the world’s first effective method of…

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Peter Medhurst: That Pretty German Toy: Musings on the Christmas Tree

Monday 3 December 2018

The Christmas tree is arguably the most iconic aspect of our midwinter celebrations, yet how much do we actually know about its origins and history?…

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James Lindow: The Renaissance Art Market.

Monday 7 January 2019

This lecture assesses the extent to which an art market, in the modern sense of the term, existed in the Renaissance, by analysing both supply…

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Geri Parlby: From Garbo to Garland – the magical art of Hollywood

Monday 4 February 2019

Lights, Camera, Action! Inside stories of the art and artifice of the early decades of Hollywood. This lecture covers the work of stills photographers, costumiers, publicists,…

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Anthony Peers: The Architecture of the British Raj is remarkable: Let’s celebrate it

Monday 4 March 2019

This lecture starts with an examination of evolving attitudes in India (as well as in the UK) towards the British Empire, and towards the buildings…

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Anthea Streeter: Dame Zaha Hadid

Monday 1 April 2019

Before her untimely death in 2016, Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most distinguished architects in the world. She was also a talented designer…

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Andrew Spira: The Industrial Revolution & the Decorative Arts

Monday 13 May 2019

The Industrial Revolution had a profound impact on the decorative arts, bringing commodities that had previously been associated with the nobility within reach of the…

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Pamela Campbell- Johnston: Image & History: Art at the Lansdowne Club

Monday 3 June 2019

The current art collection at the Lansdowne Club highlights the fascinating architectural, social and political history of Lansdowne House, now home to this private members’…

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