Programme of Lectures

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For the immediate future lectures will be presented on Zoom. A full programme has been developed and will be published on the website shortly. Our first lecture is on December 3rd. with Leslie Primo. Details have been forwarded to members and how to join with Zoom. Normally lectures take place on the first Thursday in the month in Wickham Bishops Village Hall, but note that the Lecture in May is on the second Thursday.

Members are asked to be seated by 10.55 am for any preliminary announcements prior to the lecture commencing at 11.00am. Tea & Coffee is on sale from 10.30am.


Thursday 7th January 2021
I am The Very Model: Parodies of Victorian Society in Gilbert and Sullivan
Peter Medhurst explores the life and experiences of the partners and the society in which they lived and personalities that inspired them. Click here for more details and the BIO

This will be the second Zoom lecture for Blackwater and will commence as usual at 11.00 am; we recommend that you start the login process at least 15 minutes before this. You can login from 10.35am to ensure that you are set up and ready, particularly if you have not used Zoom before*. Perhaps you could get together with another member or a friend who is more used to this technology and watch with them; friends who are not Arts Society members, are free to join this webinar.

If you are familiar with Zoom meetings, you will find that this Zoom webinar is a little different, and functions a bit more like a lecture. As an attendee at the ‘lecture’, your video and microphone will be automatically turned off by us. Should you wish to ask a question, please locate the Q & A  button on the webinar page; on a computer this will appear if you hover your mouse over the bottom of the screen; you can type in your question at any time. At the end of the lecturer, Leslie Primo will read out the questions and answer as many as possible.
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
    United Kingdom: +442080806592,,95314496860#  or +443300885830,,95314496860#
Or Telephone:
        United Kingdom: +44 208 080 6592  or +44 330 088 5830  or +44 131 460 1196  or +44 203 481 5237  or +44 203 481 5240  or +44 203 901 7895  or +44 208 080 6591 
Webinar ID: 953 1449 6860

Thursday 4th February 
A Passion for Piers: A delightful look at the History of Pleasure Pier
Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Thursday 11th March
May the Eye not Strike: Spiritual Protection in Islamic Textiles and Jewellery
Chris Alexander

Thursday 1st April
Raphael of Urbino: Artist and Architect
Shirley Smith

Thursday 13th May
Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design in the 20th Century
Deborah Lambert
please note second Thursday in the month

Thursday 3rd June
Peggy Guggenheim

Alexandra Epps

Thursday 1st July
Vaux le Vicomte”Fit for a King”: The Inspiration Behind Versailles Palace
Carole Petipher

September Study Day if Covid restrictions allow

From Downton to Gatsby. Jewellery and Fashion 1890 to 1929
Andrew Prince
postponed from the Spring in 2020

Thursday 7th October
“What’s in a Crack?” A Closer Look At The Paintings Of Stanhope Forbes RA and The Newlyn School Painter
Sarah Cove

Thursday 4th November
150 Years of Underground Design
Mark Ovenden

Thursday 2nd December
Art and Illusion

Ian Gledhill


Thursday 3rd December 2020
The Journey of the Magi
Leslie Primo will seek to unravel the myth and the iconography behind the proliferation of the story of the adoration of the magi from its Eastern and pagan roots to its current Christian interpretation. Click here for more details and the BIO