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October 2019

DAN SNOW: On This Day in History

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, 5 Trinity Churchyard
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3RR United Kingdom
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£15

Popular historian and broadcaster DAN SNOW takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the most interesting and surprising moments of the last 3000 years

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DAN SNOW – On This Day in History

October 28 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, 5 Trinity Churchyard
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3RR United Kingdom
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£15

The presenter of the hugely successful History Hit podcast and a regular on The One Show, takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the most interesting and surprising moments of the last 3000 years.

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The Annual Architecture Lecture

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rik Medlik Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU27XH United Kingdom
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Free

Agile Planning for the 21st Century - The Guildford Society are delighted to invite you to this free annual lecture. Guildford, like so many of our towns, is facing a variety of environmental, transport, housing and heritage issues. Understanding what the public values in their local environment and what needs to be improved is essential.

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Annual Architecture Lecture

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rik Medlik Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU27XH United Kingdom
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Free

The Guildford Society has released tickets for its free Annual Architecture Lecture hosted and supported by The University of Surrey and sponsored by Martin Grant Homes.

This year’s Lecture will take place on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 19.00 in the Rik Medlik Building on the University’s Stag Hill campus. The Society is pleased to welcome two speakers, architect James Burland and Amy Hazlehurst from VU.CITY.

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November 2019

An Audience with John Humphrys

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom

Mention John Humphrys, and most people will reply: the Today programme and tough interviewing.

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A Portrait of Jewels

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Have you ever wondered about the backstory to many of the most famous pieces of jewellery in history? Hear what happened to the pearls that belonged to Catherine De Medici or the diamond that once adorned King Charles I, later worn by Marie Antoinette, before ending up with a British MP! Jewel hunting has never been more fascinating.

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CAROL ANN DUFFY – Frost Fair: Words and Music

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Guildford Guildhall, High Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AA United Kingdom
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£15

Former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy reads extracts from her much-loved Christmas peoems, including her tenth and final book in the series, Frost Fair, set on the Thames in the 16th century. With music accompaniment, plus a glass of wine and mince pie.

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CAROL ANN DUFFY: Frost Fair – Words and Music

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Guildhall, Guildford, High Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3EL United Kingdom
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£15

Join Former Poet Laureate CAROL ANN DUFFY as she reads extracts from her much-loved Chistmas poems, including her tenth and final book in the series, Frost Fair. Includes music, a glass of wine and mince pie.

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Being Human Festival: Music in the Archives

November 22 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
George Edwards Building, Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey, George Edwards Road
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH United Kingdom
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Free

This interactive pop-up exhibition delves into the hidden treasures of libraries and
archives to explore the secret worlds that live among their stacks and shelves.
This exhibition connects academic, librarian and archivist scholarship across the
humanities. Come and discover the secret worlds of archives; medieval instruments;
gender; historical fiction; libraries & learning development; activist poetry; prisoner
writing & translation; hip hop & the Remix; Cartonera and much more.

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December 2019

Art inspired by Wine

December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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In this lively presentation John shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for wine and shows the contribution that ‘wine art’ has made to paintings throughout the ages from renaissance masterpieces to modern hilarious cartoons and striking posters.

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January 2020

Ai Weiwei : “Everything is art. Everything is politics”

08/01/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Examine the provocative and often beautiful work of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the context of dissident art in modern China. Having collaborated successfully in the design of the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was arrested by police for fighting ‘the system’. He remains a committed artist despite the odds.

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February 2020

Artemisia Gentileschi

12/02/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Artemisia Gentileschi, (1593 -1656), the Italian Baroque artist, is now considered to be one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio. In an era when female painters were not easily accepted find out how she became the first woman member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence.

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March 2020

Packing Up the Nation

11/03/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during our Darkest Hour. As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel, men and women from London’s museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections.

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April 2020

Tapestry: The Ultimate Wall Decoration

08/04/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Tapestries were once the most expensive of all wall decorations. Often taking years to produce, they graced some of the most significant courts of Europe. This lecture will explore the making of some of the landmark sets by the weavers of Flanders and the Gobelin factory.

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May 2020

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting

13/05/2020 @ 7:30 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera have iconic status in Mexico. Inspired by Aztec and Maya imagery Rivera's intricate visual narratives adorn the walls of public buildings. Kahlo, arguably Mexico’s most original painter, made herself the principal theme of her art. This lecture chronicles their turbulent marriage and Mexico's history after the 1910 Revolution.

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June 2020

Libya Uncovered

10/06/2020 @ 7:30 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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After the Phoenicians settled in the North African ports of Sabratha and Leptis Magna the Greeks built the magnificent city of Cyrene. The Romans followed with Septimus Severus re-creating Leptis Magna, now a world heritage site, as the finest city in Africa. Hear how the coming of Islam changed the old order.

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September 2020

Peggy Guggenheim

09/09/2020 @ 7:30 pm
Onslow Village Hall, The Square, Wilderness Raod
Guildford, Surrery GU2 7QX United Kingdom
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Peggy Guggenheim was the “poor little rich girl” who changed the face of twentieth century art. Ahead of her time, she discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists and through collecting not only their art but the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection.

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