Programme Our programme for the 2017/2018 membership year (September 17 to October 18) 27 June 2018 The Silver Thread: Silver Filigree and Traditional Art in Kosovo Elizabeth Gowing MA From the early Kosovan silver mines which are mentioned in Dante, through the twentieth century politics over Kosovo’s mines which resulted in both a war and a golf course, a silver thread winds through Kosovo’s history. Its most intricate tanglings are in the country’s cultural capital, Prizren, where a seventh generation of filigree artisans use ‘filum’ and ‘granum’, zigzags, ‘mouse-tooth’ designs and other twists and turns to magic lacy creations from dull sticks of raw material. The results – in boxes, buttons, jewellery, religious ornamentation and the talismans of superstitition – are a fine narrative of Kosovo’s history and traditions. Background to Filigree in Kosovo with videos The art of Filigree US Council article There are no lectures in July & August 25 July 2018: Social evening - separate booking and payment required.  Further details later. The Fascinating World of Playing Cards Yasha Beresiner LL.B Surprisingly today’s playing cards date back to  1377. Decks from 1475 still survive. The English deck is of French origin and the Company of Makers of Playing Cards was founded in 1628 to protect English makers from French importations. Cards were used as a medium of communication, propaganda or education: the 1678 Titus Oates plot is illustrated on a 52 card deck published at the time and known as The Horrid Popish Plot. Francis Barlow illustrated the cards depicting Marlborough's Victories in 1707. Modern cards follow in these old traditions with some wonderful collectors’ decks of today. Click here for Yasha’s own web site History of playing cards A Note from our Chairman  Martin Wragg I am pleased to invite you to this year’s Social Evening to be held from 7.00 to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 25 July. As in recent years, the venue will be the Masonic Halls, at Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA. Free parking for 70 cars is accessed from Prebend Street, to the side of the building. Doors will open at 6.00pm for those of you who wish to have a drink in the bar and socialise with friends and fellow members before the lecture at 7.00 pm. Our speaker, Yasha Beresiner, will start the evening with a lecture entitled “The Fascinating World of Playing Cards”, which date back to the fourteenth century. This will be followed by a one course savoury buffet supper served to the tables, with a glass of wine or juice, followed by tea or coffee and mints, all for the price of £19.00 per ticket. Click here for further details and a booking form 26 September 2018 Burlington House and the History of the Royal Academy of Arts Stephen Richardson MA Burlington House on London’s Piccadilly has been the home of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1868. Although the Academy was already 100 years old when it took up residence, it is not commonly known that the building has a long and fascinating history of its own. This talk focuses on the origins of Burlington House, from construction in the 1660’s for a courtier to King Charles II; re-fashioning as a Palladian mansion for Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; its association with architects and artists such as William Kent and Sebastiano Ricci; further re-development by the Cavendish family during the Regency period, and its ultimate role as the home of the United Kingdom's leading 'society for promoting the Arts of Design'. The talk also examines the reasons behind the founding of the Royal Academy, its own early history and its Olympian era during the time of eminent Victorian artists such as Leighton, Millais and Frith. Burlington House web site The history of Burlington House This is the last lecture in the 2017/18 membership year.
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Our programme for the 2017/2018 membership year (September 17 to October 18)  27 June 2018 The Silver Thread: Silver Filigree and Traditional Art in Kosovo Elizabeth Gowing MA   From the early Kosovan silver mines which are mentioned in Dante, through the twentieth century politics over Kosovo’s mines which resulted in both a war and a golf course, a silver thread winds through Kosovo’s history. Its most intricate tanglings are in the country’s cultural capital, Prizren, where a seventh generation of filigree artisans use ‘filum’ and ‘granum’, zigzags, ‘mouse-tooth’ designs and other twists and turns to magic lacy creations from dull sticks of raw material. The results – in boxes, buttons, jewellery, religious ornamentation and the talismans of superstitition – are a fine narrative of Kosovo’s history and traditions.  There are no lectures in July & August  25 July 2018: Social evening - separate booking and payment required.  Further details later. The Fascinating World of Playing Cards Yasha Beresiner LL.B   Surprisingly today’s playing cards date back to 1377. Decks from 1475 still survive. The English deck is of French origin and the Company of Makers of Playing Cards was founded in 1628 to protect English makers from French importations. Cards were used as a medium of communication, propaganda or education: the 1678 Titus Oates plot is illustrated on a 52 card deck published at the time and known as The Horrid Popish Plot. Francis Barlow illustrated the cards depicting Marlborough's Victories in 1707. Modern cards follow in these old traditions with some wonderful collectors’ decks of today.   A Note from our Chairman  Martin Wragg  I am pleased to invite you to this year’s Social Evening to be held from 7.00 to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 25 July. As in recent years, the venue will be the Masonic Halls, at Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA. Free parking for 70 cars is accessed from Prebend Street, to the side of the building.  Doors will open at 6.00pm for those of you who wish to have a drink in the bar and socialise with friends and fellow members before the lecture at 7.00 pm.  Our speaker, Yasha Beresiner, will start the evening with a lecture entitled “The Fascinating World of Playing Cards”, which date back to the fourteenth century. This will be followed by a one course savoury buffet supper served to the tables, with a glass of wine or juice, followed by tea or coffee and mints, all for the price of £19.00 per ticket.  Click here for further details and a booking form    26 September 2018 Burlington House and the History of the Royal Academy of Arts Stephen Richardson MA   Burlington House on London’s Piccadilly has been the home of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1868. Although the Academy was already 100 years old when it took up residence, it is not commonly known that the building has a long and fascinating history of its own. This talk focuses on the origins of Burlington House, from construction in the 1660’s for a courtier to King Charles II; re-fashioning as a Palladian mansion for Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; its association with architects and artists such as William Kent and Sebastiano Ricci; further re-development by the Cavendish family during the Regency period, and its ultimate role as the home of the United Kingdom's leading 'society for promoting the Arts of Design'.  The talk also examines the reasons behind the founding of the Royal Academy, its own early history and its Olympian era during the time of eminent Victorian artists such as Leighton, Millais and Frith.
Web site and mobile phone pages designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training