Lectures are held in the Sixth Form Lecture Theatre, James Allen's Girls' School (off Green Dale, London SE22 8TX) at 7.30 for 8.00pm, and also on Zoom. The Sixth Form Centre has its own parking off Green Dale. See the Where We Meet page for directions. Click below to download the lecture programme. To join, go to the Membership page.

Download 2023 - 2024 lecture programme

Date: Thursday 13 June 2024, 12.00am
Lecturer: Rosalind Whyte

In 1936 Laura Knight became the first women to be elected as a full member of the Royal Academy, 168 years after its establishment. In her extraordinary career she painted landscapes, portraits and seascapes, as well as scenes from the circus, the ballet and the theatre. She was the only woman to be given War Commissions in both the First and Second World Wars and the only British artist to cover the Nuremburg Trails of 19486. This lecture provides an overview of her career and some of the remarkable achievements of her long life.

Date: Thursday 11 July 2024, 8.00pm
Lecturer: Irving Finkel

A source of endless pleasure to those who do it, often literally a lifelong matter; an evolving, complex, demanding and fascinating activity. Why do we do it? What does it achieve? And what happens to all those wonderful, cherished, idiosyncratic and deeply revealing collections in the end?