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Programme 2018
Generously supported by
The Westminster Foundation

All meetings and talks are at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester at 7.30pm however some are at
2-30pm (16th January & 8th February).
Entry is free to members, £5 for visitors and £2 for students/under 18s.


Thursday 8th February NB afternoon lecture at 2.30pm

King Edward I and his travels in Cheshire

by Alan Crosby

He introduces us to Edward I (reigned 1272-1307), who is known today as ‘The Hammer of the Scots’. However his wars against the Welsh were far more effective, with consequences that last to the present day. During the 1270s and 1280s, Edward campaigned in North Wales for long periods, using Chester as his main base. For months on end, the city was the de facto capital of England. This talk considers the places in the county where the king and his household resided, the routes they took and the role of Chester itself as the HQ of the winning side in an international war.

Sponsored by The Westminster Foundation


Wednesday 14th March at 7.30pm

British Humour 18th to 20th Century

by Michael Murphy

Raising our spirits and providing an insight into what makes us smile today and in the past, Michael Murphy returns to entertain us and reveal the changing mores of British humour.

Sponsored by Restaurant 1539, Chester Racecourse


Monday 16th April at 7.30pm

Medieval Fantasies and Modern Artists: the patronage of Howard de Walden of Chirk Castle 1911-1946

by Peter Lord

Peter Lord has conducted original research into the ‘Camelot court’ of artists and authors associated with Lord Howard de Walden at Chirk.
The cast includes Augustus John, Rodin, Epstein and Eric Gill, G B Shaw, Yeats, Kipling, Chesterfield and Dylan Thomas.
Peter Lord engages his audience with fascinating insights into all periods of Welsh art and artists.
He has published widely.

Sponsored by Bonhams Auctioneers, Chester


Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm

Rediscovery of Arcadia
Capability Brown and the Pastoral Idyll

by Gareth Williams

Capability Brown’s local landscape designs include Eaton Park, Wynnstay, Tatton Park, and Dunham Massey.
Gareth Williams, is Curator of Art at Weston Park Shropshire, a family seat where
Capability Brown designed the grounds.
He will include many local examples to introduce us to the landscape designer who moved lakes, rivers, trees and hillsides to ‘improve’ the parklands of Britain’s country houses to meet the artistic sensibilities of the 18th century.

This lecture is in association with The Cheshire Landscape History Society
whose members can attend free of charge.

Sponsored by Fisher German, Property Consultants, Chester