Meetings are currently being held in the hall of St Paul’s Church, Long Lane (junction with Dukes Avenue) Finchley, N3 2PU. It is a short distance from Finchley Central tube station. Free car parking is available nearby. View Map
They take place usually on the second Monday of the month. They start with an informal gathering over tea and coffee, served from 10.00 am. The main meeting, a talk by a distinguished expert in their area, starts at 10:45 and finishes around midday.
Please note that at all future members’ meetings you might find yourself locked out of the meeting if you do not arrive by 10.40, out of courtesy to the speaker and to abide by the fire regulations.
Some recent speakers are shown here.
Meetings are organised by John Hajdu
Future and Recent Meetings:
Mon 13th November 2017
London through Artists’ Eyes.
The story of London’s life, landscape, people and social manners, explored through the work of artists down the centuries to the present day. The talk aims to show the continually changing visions of Britain’s capital city.
Our speaker is Mark Lewis who is a freelance artist, designer-silversmith and retired university lecturer. He also has a passion for lighthouses and is a keen folklorist with an interest in unusual local customs and rituals. In 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church. Mark regularly gives illustrated talks to Probus, WIs, U3As, art and historical societies, etc. on silver and jewellery, art and design history, folklore and lighthouses.
Mon 9th October 2017
Treasures from the Thames
This talk will explore the disappearing archaeology on the Thames foreshore in London through the work of the Thames Discovery Programme. When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open-air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely accessible to the public. However, many of the exposed archaeological sites are often unrecognised and unprotected, and almost all are vulnerable to the twice-daily scouring of the tidal river. The Thames Discovery Programme is a community archaeology project, which since 2008, has been training and supporting volunteers across London to monitor and record archaeological features found on the Thames at low tide.
Our speaker, Helen Johnston, is a Senior Community Archaeologist with the Thames Discovery Programme. She supports volunteer groups and is working on a project to engage older Londoners with the archaeology of the Thames, funded by City Bridge Trust.
Mon 11th September 2017
Sparkling Stories from My Life In Show Business
Howard Tâloosty will talk about the many well-known and well-loved Artistes & Entertainers with whom he worked. Most of the stories are funny and all of the stories are true!
Howard spent over 38 years in many areas of the entertainment industry as musician, promoter, agent and manager.
Mon 12th June 2017
Guernica was a Republican-held town which the German Condor Legion blitzed for several hours on 26 April 1937, a market day, in support of Franco. There was great destruction and civilian loss of life. Picasso heard about the atrocity as he working on a mural for the Republican Spanish pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exhibition. He abruptly abandoned the original design, and began the great anti-war painting instead. Its overall drift cannot be doubted but Picasso could be elusive about the meaning of its individual details, and there have been widely varying interpretations. The talk will be about the relationship of these particular elements with each other and the whole. Initially the mural was not well received, either by the Right or (more puzzlingly) the Left, but it gradually established itself as the pre-eminent political painting of the 1930s. Guernica did not reach its permanent home in Madrid until 1981 as Picasso stipulated that democracy must return before it could go to Spain.
Our speaker, Robin Blake, is the author of a number of books on art, including lives of Anthony Van Dyck and George Stubbs as well as six novels, four of which are in the ongoing “Cragg and Fidelis” historical crime series.
Mon 8th May 2017
The architecture of the London Underground – there’s more to it than meets the eye
The architecture of London Underground Stations is, in many cases quite iconic. However we often take them for granted and don’t realise the reasoning behind many of their features.
Subjects covered will include:
- Who were the major architects?
- The Underground has sponsored major works of art, where are they?
- The prospects for the future in station design and features.
Speaker: Michael Burman
Michael graduated in geography and qualified as a teacher from London University. He has been a specialist teacher in Camden, Islington and Harrow for over 30 years, the last 16 being as the Senior Deputy Head Teacher of one of London’s largest comprehensive schools. He was also an accredited member of OFSTED School Inspectorate.
Michael is currently one of the longest serving elected Fellows of The Royal Geographical Society.
Following educational positions he has been the Chief Executive/Senior Officer in a number of charitable organisations including being the First Director of Diabetes UK London region.