Recent Lectures

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: ZOOM
Lecturer: Jill Eyers

Jill was a professional geologist who undertook research projects within the UK (Bucks, Berks, Oxfordshire, Cumbria, Norfolk) as well as abroad (Brazil, Northern Spain, Turkey, and the Grenadines). More recently (from 2006) she works as an archaeologist (Director of Chiltern Archaeology). Archaeology projects include the Roman villas at Hambleden in Bucks, Bisham Abbey, Iron Age sites, and Saxons and others at Monks Risborough. Dr. Eyers has been a lecturer for the Open University since 1987 and regularly lectures for other universities, as well as being a publisher of geological guides in the Rocks Afoot series and archaeological books.

About the lecture:

The Chilterns landscape is justly famous but this beautiful area reflects centuries of people working the land, including the woodland, and exploiting resources in an imaginative way.  Jill will describe the rich mixture of work in the Chilterns that has developed through the years from farming and agriculture, woodland industries and furniture making, food processing, mineral extraction, to wartime industries and modern-day industries based around recreation and leisure, plus many others.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: The Barn
Lecturer: Graham Twemlow

Locally based, Dr Graham Twemlow writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. An experienced speaker, he has given talks at venues such as the Royal Society of Arts, London, the Grolier Club, New York, Christie’s South Kensington, the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and numerous other venues in the U.K.

About the lecture:

At the outbreak of WW2 an ambitious scheme was set up to employ artists on the home front. The result was a large collection of watercolors and drawings that make up a fascinating record of British lives and landscapes at a time of imminent change. Graham’s talk will tell the story of this enterprising scheme and highlight the works that featured Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire landscapes and landmarks recorded by artists such as John Piper, Walter Bayes, Barbara Jones, Stanley Anderson and William Fairclough.

Many local scenes were recorded, including views of Henley, Stonor, Fingest, and Hurley.