JUNE 2018 - JAN 2019  

All lectures begin at 11.00 am in the Lecture Room

Exception:  the lecture on 14 October  begins at 12.00 am

Seating is limited in the Lecture Room due to fire regulations. Once the Lecture Room is full, we have to refuse admittance and apologise for any disappointment this may cause.  The Lecture Room is open from 10.30am. 


Sunday 17 June, Within Walls: The Archaeology of Magical Building Protection
Brian Hoggard

This lecture explores the material evidence for witchcraft beliefs which has been discovered in fabric and buildings throughout Britain and far beyond. Such objects as witch-bottles, dried cats and horse skulls as well as written charms and markings which have been carved onto surfaces are all testimony to these strong beliefs which were once commonplace.

Brian Hoggard’s degree dissertation on folk beliefs and ritual has developed into a major project on the archaeology of witchcraft in the early modern period which he is still exploring. The fruits of his research so far are the subject of the lecture.

Sunday 16 September, Home & Away: Australian Impressionism in an International Context
Dr Allison Goudie

Impressionism was an international phenomenon. In Australia, the ‘new painting’ was taken up by a young generation of artists who sought to capture the essence of a ‘new’ nation. Their paintings would go on to define a certain image of Australian identity, one that proved especially tenacious, yet which concealed as much about the reality of colonial Australia as it revealed. Looking back at the exhibition ‘Australia’s Impressionists’ which was mounted at the National Gallery in 2016/17, this talk will explore how a consideration of the work of the Australian Impressionists prompts fascinating questions about what it meant to be ‘Australian’ and equally, what it meant to be an ‘Impressionist’.

Dr Goudie is Curator of Collections at the Iveagh Bequest. Previously she was a curator at the National Gallery where she co-curated several exhibitions including ‘Australia’s Impressionists’.

Sunday 14 October, Revealing Repton: Approaches to the Art of Landscape Gardening
Dr Stephen Daniels

This lecture starts at 12.00. It will be followed by drinks and nibbles in celebration of Repton’s bicentenary year and his special connection with Kenwood

Humphry Repton was the leading landscape gardener of Georgian England, with a wide-ranging field of work, including key commissions in and around London, notably Kenwood. In this lecture, Professor Daniels surveys the field of Repton study, with a view to opening new approaches to understanding and communicating the art of landscape gardening, and ways to celebrate Repton’s work and its legacy in this bicentenary year.

Stephen Daniels is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of ‘Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England’ (1999) and a number of publications on the landscape arts of Georgian England. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010.


Sunday 11 November, ‘We have hitherto attempted too many things’: The Adam brothers and The Adelphi
Colin Thom

As well as illustrating and discussing the Adams’ achievement at the Adelphi – 18th century London’s greatest speculative building venture – this talk shows how its daring, unprecedented nature was characteristic of their entrepreneurial spirit and of Robert Adam’s love of the monumental in architecture. The motives and aspirations of this remarkable Thames-side development are examined, as are the various architectural sources that influenced Robert Adam, and the reasons for the Adelphi’s commercial failure, that cast a long shadow over the brothers’ future work, reputation and family relationships.

Colin Thom is a Senior Research Associate with the Survey of London at Bartlett School of Architecture. He is currently editing a new book on the Adams for Historic England – ‘Robert Adam and his Brothers’ – scheduled for publication at the end of this year.

Sunday 9 December, Sienese Art in the 'Golden Age'
Dr John Renner

The lecture will explore the reasons for the flowering of art in the Tuscan city-state of Siena during the republican rule of the 'Nine Governors and Defenders' (1287-1355). This period of unprecedented stability and prosperity fostered the careers of artists such as Duccio, Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti brothers, whose works were in high demand even in Florence, Siena's traditional rival. Long overshadowed in art history by the Florentine school of Cimabue, Giotto and their followers, the equally revolutionary achievements of the Sienese artists have only recently been fully recognised. They transformed the painting of religious and secular subjects in works of a figural complexity, a narrative richness, and even a physical scale, previously unknown in medieval Europe.

Dr Renner is an Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he teaches Italian art of the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the V&A and Birkbeck College.


This lecture is followed by our Christmas Drinks Party



Sunday 13 January, ‘As if by Magic’: The Secrets of Turner’s Watercolour Techniques
Nicola Moorby

J.M.W. Turner was arguably the greatest of all watercolourists and his achievements still represent the benchmark for artists working today. However, he left frustratingly few written records of his processes and was notoriously reticent about his methods. This lecture examines his practice in detail, unlocking the mysteries behind his exceptional effects. In addition to showcasing the diversity and richness of his achievements, we shall look at his experimental approach to techniques and some of his tools and materials.

Nicola Moorby is an art historian specialising in British art of the 19th and early 20th centuries. She was a curator and researcher at Tate Britain, where she curated/co-curated several exhibitions on Turner’s art and is currently part of the team preparing the Tate’s new online catalogue of Turner’s work. She makes a welcome return to Kenwood.



Tuesday 9 October, Mary Rose Museum

Portsmouth Harbour

All day from 8.45 to about 5.30

CollegeOfArmsFour years ago, the Friends visited the exciting award-winning museum that houses Henry VIII’s flagship which sank in the Solent on 19 July 1545 with the loss of over 500 lives and was recovered from the seabed in 1982.  Since our visit, more of the wrecked ship is viewable and the museum has expanded.  As we explore the decks of the Mary Rose, we glimpse the lives of the entire ship’s community in some of the 19,000 personal objects brought on board by the sailors – such as bowls, spoons, shoes, combs, and games – which are displayed on one side of a gallery while on the other is the ship itself. Life and work on board is recreated so that visitors can not only see, but touch and even smell the recovered items.

We shall be looked after by museum staff throughout our visit. We have coffee/tea on arrival in the Wardroom Suite which offers stunning views across Portsmouth’s historic waterfront, including Nelson’s Victory, followed by a tour of the museum, highlighting elements of the collection.  Our lunch will be served at the newly renovated Boathouse 4 and then the afternoon is free to explore more of the museum until our departure at 3.30pm. 

The cost is £65 for coach travel, coffee/tea on arrival, lunch, admission and tour of the museum.

Please complete a booking form which can be downloaded here

Tuesday 11 December, ‘Gainsborough’s Family Album’, the National Portrait Gallery

NPG Lecture Theatre (lower ground floor) at 10.45am

GainsboroughMaryandMargaretGainsboroughThomas Gainsborough’s grand society portraits are well known, but less familiar are the portraits he made of his family and the friends with whom he was intimate. The exhibition provides a unique insight into the personal life and motivations of this volatile and brilliant artist, charting his career from provincial face painter in Suffolk and Bath to London fame and fortune. Among the fifty works are some that have never been publicly exhibited together and all the twelve surviving portraits of his beloved daughters. The exhibition promises to offer a new perspective on Gainsborough the portraitist and to challenge our thinking about his era and its relationship to our own.  The private tour will be led by the exhibition’s co-curator, Dr Lucy Peltz.

The cost is £25 for admission to the exhibition and the tour.

Please complete a booking form which can be downloaded here.


Thursday, 13 September, Repton’s Influence at Kenwood

Wednesday, 17 October, Subject to be Announced


Both walks with Kenwood’s Head Gardener.

Meet at North Front of Kenwood House.at 10.30am

This walk is free for Friends of Kenwood; non-members £5.00.

Please contact Elizabeth Inglis on 020 8450 8802 or via email efinglis@dsl.pipex.com

You can also download an events sheet for September 2018  to January  2019


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