THE ARTS SOCIETY CHISWICK
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DateLecture
09 November 2017Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture
12 October 2017The Horse and Modern Art from George Stubbs to Mark Wallinger
14 September 2017David Bowie
13 July 2017Wonders of the Roman Empire – Off Limits
08 June 2017Indians, Buffalo and Storms: the American West in C19 Art
11 May 2017Let there be Light
13 April 2017Foreigners in London 1520 – 1677: the artists who changed the course of British Art
09 March 2017Hidden Canvasses – Street Art and the City
09 February 2017Treasures and Curiosities from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle
12 January 2017David Hockney – The Old Master of Modern Art
08 December 2016The Art of Illusion
10 November 2016Bernini and Baroque Rome
13 October 2016Frank Matcham’s Masterpieces - Theatre design and Architecture in Britain
08 September 2016The Sacred Art of Angkor and Living Arts
14 July 2016Beautiful, Beastly, Bizarre: the Art of Hieronymus Bosch
09 June 2016Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783): Landscape, Art and Dame Nature
12 May 2016Charles Saatchi - a Modern Medici?
14 April 2016Empire's Architecture: Celebrating a Rich Legacy Colonial architecture in India - the buildings, their History and their future
10 March 2016Mars and the Muses: The Renaissance Art of Armour
11 February 2016Pissarro and his Artistic Family in London
10 December 2015Is Christmas in good taste?
12 November 2015Thomas Heatherwick, "The Leonardo da Vinci of our Times”
08 October 2015Discover the Paintings You Own
10 September 2015Art & the Napoleonic Wars
09 July 2015And so to Vauxhall: music & culture in the celebrated gardens
11 June 2015Dumfries House - saved for the nation
14 May 2015Titian, the Supreme Painter’s Painter
09 April 2015The “New” Berlin - Art and Architecture
12 March 2015Temples, Tombs and Treasures: In Search of the Queen of Sheba
12 February 2015INAUGURAL LECTURE Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the Oldest Profession
30 September 2014TASTER LECTURE The Boy Who Bit Picasso

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Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture Rupert Willoughby Thursday 09 November 2017

One of the most derided towns in England, renowned for its dullness, Basingstoke is distinguished only by its numerous roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture. Rupert explains that the post-war planners, who inflicted such features as ‘the Great Wall of Basingstoke’ on the town, were politically-motivated and bent on destroying all traces of its past. He reveals the nobler Basingstoke that is buried beneath the concrete, and the few historic gems that have survived the holocaust. Hilariously told, it is a story that neatly illustrates the ugliest episode in England’s architectural history. As Betjeman wrote prophetically, “What goes for Basingstoke goes for most English towns”. 

Rupert Willoughby is a prize-winning historian who specialises in the domestic and social life of the past. A graduate with First Class Honours in History from the University of London, he is the author of the best-selling Life in Medieval England for Pitkin, of guides to castles owned by English Heritage and Hampshire County Council, and of a series of popular histories of places, including Chawton: Jane Austen’s Village and Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture. He contributes regular obituaries to The Times and The Daily Telegraph, writes privately-commissioned histories of houses, and is an experienced lecturer - and occasional broadcaster - on a broad range of topics, with a particular interest in architecture, interior decoration and costume.

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