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Meetings Programme - 2023

Choosing and Viewing Victorian Paintings in Leicester’s Public Art Gallery’ by Dr. Miriam Gill

Date: Tue 10 Jan 2023
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Bishop Street Methodist Church, 10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF

In the later nineteenth century public Art Galleries in provincial cities became an important source of patronage for contemporary artists. Looking at Leicester Art Gallery in the context of galleries such as those in Manchester and Liverpool and Northampton, this talk will examine the different motives which inspired the assembling and display of such collections. It will consider the public gallery as an expression of an ideal of public service culture intended to delight, inform, acquire and display works of distinction and quality. It will think about works which enjoyed a particular celebrity in nineteenth-century Britain or whose creators were considered significant public figures. This new model of patronage and display was significant in giving a new shape and financial footing for the careers of aspiring artists. It also enabled public access to a range of contemporary works.

Ticket Price: £2.50


Farewell to the land of my childhood – emigration from Britain in the Victorian period by Cynthia Brown

Date: Tue 7 Feb 2023
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Bishop Street Methodist Church, 10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF
Millions of people left Britain during the Victorian period for a new life elsewhere in the world – not all of them of their own free will. This illustrated talk will consider who emigrated, where they went, and how they got there – and identify some of the conditions in Britain that caused them to leave. It will look in particular at the transportation of convicts to Australia and Van Diemen's Land (later Tasmania), and at some of some of the positive attractions of Australia and Canada as destinations of choice. Using letters and other documentary evidence, it will also illustrate something of their experiences, from their initial journeys to day to day life in a new land.
Ticket Price: £2.50


A Victorian Friary by Peter Kilty

Date: Tue 7 Mar 2023
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Bishop Street Methodist Church, 10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF
The talk will cover the Priory of Holy Cross, Leicester, from 1817 when the first Dominican friar came to live in Dover Street up to 1914 when the charismatic and prophetic Vincent McNabb finished his term as prior.
Ticket Price: £2.50

‘Lord Curzon of Kedleston’ by Danny Wells

Date: Tue 4 Apr 2023
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Bishop Street Methodist Church, 10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF
George Nathaniel Curzon (1859-1925) was one of the most talented, colourful and controversial of British statesmen. As Queen Victoria’s last Viceroy in India, his dramatic resignation signalled the end of an era; as Foreign Secretary, he was an important figure on the international stage following World War 1. His work on conservation of historic buildings was of great importance, both in England and India.
Curzon was mocked as ‘a most superior person’ even as an Oxford Undergraduate. His ruthless ambition, commanding intellect and fervent imperialism drove him relentlessly. Plagued by ill health he was a man of prodigious energy, yet his life has been described as ‘an unparalleled blend of triumph and disappointment’.
Ticket Price: £2.50

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