CURRENT GALLERY LECTURES
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Contact Maggie Hall at The Gallery on 01423 705 198 or send an enquiry using our contact form
The Gallery Lectures are a fun and relaxing way to share Susan’s knowledge on the history of jewellery. The Gallery opens and 10.30am and coffee is served from 10.45 until 11.15 when Susan will present the lecture for an hour and then lunch is served. The Gallery is open for you to see the current jewellery collections and chat with Susan about valuations or the redesigning or repairing of any jewellery you may have or a particular item you may be looking for.
Lectures are individually priced at £38* and include coffee on arrival and a light sandwich lunch with a complimentary glass of fizz.
We can accommodate specific dietary requirements. Please allow at least 72 hours’ notice of such requirements.
On lecture days the doors to The Gallery open at 10.30am.
Coffee will be served from 10.45 Please note the lecture will start at 11.15 and we request you are in The Gallery by 11.10 to ensure a prompt start.
LATE COMERS – FOR THE PLEASURE AND COMFORT OF ALL COURSE ATTENDEES: Once the lecture has commenced a sign will be placed on the Gallery entrance door and we will be unable to allow admission until 12.15 when lunch is served.
The Gallery can be hired for your own private event – ask Susan or Maggie for more details
Ticket and timing information is at the bottom of the page.
NOVEMBER 2019 to MARCH 2020
GEMSTONE DISCOVERY DAYS
As well as being a fun and informative day, this is a perfect opportunity for you to bring any jewellery you need repairing, cleaning or perhaps stones which need re-polishing and a chance to discuss with Susan and Chris all your re-design, bespoke design and valuation requirements.
DECEMBER – Wednesday 4th, Friday 6th or Saturday 7th
The Rainbow Gems handling session will concentrate on Colour and Cut in gemstones and will demonstrate which cuts suit which stones. Not only will there be gemstones hand-picked by Susan and Chris but this is also an opportunity for you to see your favourite gemstone and where possible your favourite cut. We will contact attendees prior to the event to find out what you would like to see and we will do our best to source it.
NOTE: These Gemstone Discovery Lectures have a slightly later start time of 11am with the presentation commencing at 11.30am.
More dates to be added soon.
JEWELLERY DISCOVERY LECTURES
Murder and Mystery
NOVEMBER – Friday 8th or Thursday 14th SOLD OUT!
Many Royal figures through history have either been assassinated or been sent to the guillotine. Many had superb collections of jewellery. This presentation will look at the collections belonging to Mary Queen of Scotts, Marie Antoinette, Draga of Serbia and Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
A Combined Talent – Russia and Scandinavia
NOVEMBER – Saturday 9th, Friday 15th or Thursday 21st
The talent that has emerged from Scandinavia has often been neglected. In this presentation we will show what talent came from Scandinavia to enrich the Russian world of jewellery and how at the end of the Romanov Empire the jewellers survived. The jeweller Tillander of Finland provided a fabulous source of talent for Faberge and many returned to their homelands after the Revolution to further their careers.
Daisy Fellowes – The Jewellery Behind a Woman in Disguise
DECEMBER – Thursday 12th or Friday 20th
In her early years of marriage Daisy Fellowes the granddaughter of the sewing machine magnate Isaac Merritt Singer, had her portrait painted – she hated what she saw and at that point reinvented herself. This presentation will follow her extraordinary life through jewellery and those who surrounded her.
Frivolous and Exotic – High Society Entertainment in St Petersburg
DECEMBER – Thursday 5th, Saturday 14th, Thursday 19th
Through magnificent jewellery belonging to Caroline Otero and Lina Cavalieri, two of the most famous entertainers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, this presentation will bring together the exotic world of the Folies Bergère and high society life in St Petersburg. The two beautiful ladies influenced fashion and jewellery worn at the impressive balls held in St Petersburg by the likes of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and Countess Elizabeth Shuvalov.
Danish Delights – Royal Danish Jewellery
JANUARY – Thursday 16th or Friday 31st SOLD OUT!
Princess Maud, Edward VII’s youngest surviving child, became Queen of Norway by marriage. This presentation will delve into the history of Danish Royal Jewellery and how Maud and future Queens benefited from the Crown Jewels a collection begun by Queen Sophie Magdalene in 1746 and cemented in name by Queen Lovisa. A stunning collection to be admired.
Friends or Enemies –
The Jewellery Collections of Barbara Hutton and Doris Duke
FEBRUARY – Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, or Thursday 13th
During this talk we will look at two women with inherited fortunes who adored jewellery. Barbara Hutton, had inherited the Woolworth fortune. Although marrying seven times she died with little money in her estate but there was an amazing collection of jewellery. From the ‘Pasha’ Diamond to spectacular historic pieces there was a superb variety. Doris Duke in contrast was divorced twice but also had a very colourful private life. Her inheritance came from tobacco and her jewellery was exceptional including pieces she had a hand in designing. This presentation will show how two women, whose rivalry was fuelled by the press amassed great jewellery collections.
Sparkling Society – Margaret Greville and The Marlborough Set
MARCH – Thursday 5th, Saturday 14th or Friday 20th
The jewellery and life of Dame Margaret Greville of Polesden Lacey have been of fascination for years as she was a favourite of the Royals and the Marlborough Set. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was left several pieces from her collection. Margaret Greville held parties that were renowned for their extravagance. This presentation will look at her collection and the jewellery worn by those who partied with her
NEW for 2020 – JEWELLERY JOURNEYS
This new series of talks will look at museum collections and current exhibitions across the world. We will look at the collections/exhibitions either as an overall review, or in context with an historical theme. We hope you enjoy these Jewellery Journeys at The Gallery.
Friday 10th or Saturday 11th or Thursday 30th
Historical Magnificence at The Hermitage
This presentation will focus on the splendour of Russian Court. Looking at the fashion from the Imperial Court on display at the State Hermitage Museum and the jewellery and works of art on display at the temporary exhibition at the Hermitage in Amsterdam. The exhibition runs until the end of March 2020. Glamour, ceremony and superb jewels come together to bring extra brightness to the New Year.
Thursday 6th or Friday 14th
Spanish Surrealism – the Collection of Salvador Dali at Figueres
The jewellery at the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres is stunning. This presentation will delve into the mind of Dali and uncover what influenced him when he came to design these extraordinary creations. We will look at the team who created the jewellery under the watchful eye of Carlos Alemany, the Argentinean-born silversmith and discover the extraordinary journey that these jewels have been on before they became the property of the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation.
Friday 13th or Thursday 19th
Beautiful Craftsmanship in Boston – The rise of Arts and Crafts Jewellery in Boston
The collection of jewellery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is exquisite. The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, was founded in 1897 to encourage ‘’mutually helpful relations’’ among craftsmen, designers and patrons. Until recently little had been written about the fabulous Arts and Crafts Jewellery that came out of Boston. Frank Gardner Hale and his circle of designers provide a fantastic insight into the Arts and Crafts period in America and how successful the movement was overseas.
Lectures are individually priced at £38* and include coffee on arrival
and a light sandwich lunch with a complimentary glass of fizz.
We can accommodate specific dietary requirements with at least 72 hours’ notice.
On lecture days the doors to The Gallery open at 10.30am.
Coffee will be served from 10.45 Please note the lecture will start at 11.15
and we request you are in The Gallery by 11.10 to ensure a prompt start.
LATE COMERS – FOR THE PLEASURE AND COMFORT OF ALL COURSE ATTENDEES:
Once the lecture has commenced a sign will be placed on the Gallery entrance door and
we will be unable to allow admission until 12.15 when lunch is served.
*Terms & Conditions: Tickets are non-transferable. Refunds can only be made in exceptional circumstances or when we can fill a place due to a waiting list. Unfortunately, we are not in control of the weather and unless we cancel a lecture due to inclement weather, we are unable to make a refund.