Days of special interest are held in Broadwell Village Hall GL56 0TL and start at 10 am. The price includes morning coffee and a cooked lunch, booking is essential


Jane Tapley

From page to stage

The first lecture, at 10am Searching for Shakespeare, will look behind the scenes at the life and times of the bard and the Elizabethan theatre. The second morning lecture, Austen’s arcadia, will look at the life and times of our greatest 18th century female novelist and how she struggled to get her books published. This session will include a recitation by some volunteer members of the group, with some of Austen’s humorous early works including rhymes and short plays.

There will be a two-course lunch between 12.30 and 2.00pm. The third session, What the Dickens, will depict the life and times of our greatest Victorian novelist, the most famous Englishman of the 19th century with worldwide acclaim for his storytelling. We will aim to finish by 3.30pm.

Cost: Members and waiting list: £32, Guests: £35
Numbers are limited to 40 places

It is essential to book your place. Please send your cheque and the completed booking form by 20 October 2016 to Frances Buckel (01608 644425,

Jane Tapley is Special Events Organiser, Theatre Royal Bath. She lectures regularly and is a Registered Blue Badge Guide/Lecturer. Author and researcher of theatre programme notes on Hamlet, Sheridan's The Rivals and Jane Austen's Emma. She is consultant to various TV productions of Jane Austen and hosts and cooks period meals in her Regency house in Bath.


Lynne Gibson

How paint made art – from encaustic to acrylic

When you look at a painting, what do you see? A view, a portrait, something abstract maybe? It is, of course, nothing of the sort: just an illusion made from a skin of paint! By examining key works from western art history we will discover the important role materials and their techniques play in our understanding and enjoyment of art.

Fresco allowed artists to decorate Christian basilicas and Renaissance palaces. Watercolour pans allowed artists to record landscapes ‘en plein air’ in the days before tubed oils. Without oils the Mona Lisa would not be so mysterious. Without modern manufacturing processes Impressionism would never have existed, and Jackson Pollock could not have ‘splashed and dripped’ without industrial car paints.

During the day there will be opportunity to look at the paints and their associated tools, and plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Cost: Members and waiting list: £31, Guests £34
Numbers are limited to 40 places

It is essential to book your place. Please send your cheque and the completed booking form by 16 February 2017 to Frances Buckel (01608 644425

Lynne Gibson is freelance lecturer specialising in understanding art. She will help us interpret what we are looking at and how to get the most from our gallery visits.