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.

Angela Cox

Angela Cox

Margaret Brearley1

Margaret Brearley

Chris Derrett

Chris Derrett

Some recent speakers are shown here.

Meetings are organised by John Hajdu



Future and Recent Meetings:

Mon 11th June 2018
Developers and the City

When it comes to the names associated with prestigious City buildings, architects are in the front line. But what about the developers, the orchestrators of schemes? In this talk, professional qualified tour guide and former commercial property lawyer Colin Davey will talk about some of the buildings that, from the 1980s onwards, have defined the City landscape, and about the characters, many of them larger than life, behind those buildings. Our speaker, was a solicitor in practice and managing partner of the City law firm Nabarrro, now part of CMS. Today he combines delivering training to lawyers with being a professional tour guide and lecturer.

Mon 14th May 2018
Whose life is it anyway?

Our three speakers today will be Sylvia Lewin, Derek Epstein and Janet Home, who are all members of the North London Group of “Dignity in Dying”. A play of that name by Brian Clark, premiered in 1978, which proves how long ago the subject of dignity in dying became an important philosophical discussion.  It is still vital today that we consider the arguments in favour of changing the law in this country so that the terminally ill who want to opt for a dignified death, instead of suffering, have that option.  Our speakers will talk about the importance of Advance Decisions as well as the safeguards surrounding the potential of assisted dying.

There is no monthly meeting in April

Mon 12th March 2018
Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery Collection
NatportraitgalleryWhen the National Portrait Gallery first opened its doors in 1856, it contained only 57 paintings. Today it is home to the most extensive collection of portraits in the world with 2500 paintings and over 250,000 photographs. Our speaker will explore some of the most significant portraits on display, from the creation of Hans Holbein’s image of kingship and its embodiment in the person of Henry VIII in the Whitehall Cartoon to Lucian Freud’s painterly and unflinchingly direct self portraits. What makes a portrait “iconic”? How does an artist approach a portrait commission? And in this modern age of photography and mass media, have our expectations of what a portrait should be changed? Our speaker, Julie Barlow has a degree in Art History/History from the University of Hull and an MPhil (Fine Arts) from the University of Birmingham. She worked in a variety of roles at Leighton House, V&A and Tate Gallery before studying for a PGCE and moving into Museum Education. Julie has over twenty years of experience as a freelance lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery and Wallace Collection. She also works as an Art Tutor for The City Lit.

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