Category Archives: Lectures & Talks

Russia – new lecture

Russia
an exploration through history & culture
(two lectures given separately)

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How to ‘read’ the English Country Church

A lovely typical English Country Church in the Spring, St Clarus, St Clear, Cornwall

An afternoon’s walk in the country, you come upon the typical village country church. This lecture will help you look at the architecture inside and out, the church furniture, those mysterious nooks and crannies, high and low. How and why did it all come to look this way? This is a fascinating journey through English history unravelled before your eyes. “I can’t make you experts” says Nicholas Henderson, “but I can teach you enough to amaze your friends on that afternoon in the countryside.”

The English Country Church
The Pre-Christian to the present in four parts

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Can be offered as individual talks or as a Study Day
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A tetralogy (four-parts) Everything you wanted to know about the Tudor Queens (1485 – 1603) but were afraid to ask!

Four lectures delivered
as individual lectures
or as a Study Day

The Ten Queens

The Powers behind and on the Throne
… ten Tudor Queens

  Elizabeth of York, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey, Mary, Elizabeth. Deadlier than the male, powers behind and on the throne, formative figures in a tumultuous era whose various influences are with us to this day. Click for synopsis below:

A brief YouTube introduction the series of four talks on the Tudor Powers behind the Throne

Sample talk – Anne of Cleves … England’s half-forgotten Queen

ANNE OF CLEVES – ENGLAND’S HALF-FORGOTTEN QUEEN
Part two of part two of a Tetralogy,
a four part series available one part at a time or as a Study Day

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Talks may be customised to suit your requirements including bespoke talks.
They are illustrated by Keynote (Power Point) projection and sound
I am also able to deliver lectures online using Zoom or similar platforms.
 
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This England … where did it come from?

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England’s pleasant pastures seen!

Words: William Blake 1808 Music: Sir Charles Hubert H. Parry 1916

Canute, to William the Conqueror, to the Tudors and everything in between.
The Anglo-Saxons and the Normans – gave us an enduring legacy,
but so did the Danes and  the Church.

An often forgotten and mysterious period in what was to become
‘English’ history.
The legacy lingers on visibly and even audibly in architecture, linguistics

and society.
An exploration into the great upheavals in society and community that disrupted and formed the cultural feeds into what was to become England and eventually Great Britain.

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Great Mysteries & Conspiracy Theories

Here are just three …

Did Neil Armstrong really walk on the moon?
The Bermuda Triangle – fact or fiction?

Ghosts … just what are they?
Can you see her on the stairs?
The ‘Brown Lady of Raynham Hall’
aka Lady Dorothy Walpole died 1726

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ICONOCLASM

ICONOCLASM …
a study in constructive destruction

The destruction of of perceived idols in religion, architecture and society is a surprisingly frequent phenomenon in history, which has shaped and formed society – sometimes for the better.