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Our 2019 London Lecture Afternoon

posted on 12/07/19

Our annual London Lecture Afternoon promises a broad range of talks from our our distinguished pool of experts. The varied selection of lecture topics for 2019 explores diverse themes ranging from Brunel as an architect to how music changes minds, and from early American portraiture to Virgil’s ‘Troy in miniature’ in Albania.

We seek out historic and central venues in London (a recent example includes the Tower of London), and a drinks reception is included. For 2019, we have selected One Great George Street, a magnificent Edwardian building and home of the Institute of Civil Engineers. 

These short extracts are from each of the lecturer’s talks which were given at the London Lecture Afternoon in October 2018, at the Royal Society on Carlton House Terrace. 


Why the Andes? The place of Andean Civilisation in the Human Story

Dr David Beresford Jones

David Beresford Jones considers why the history of the Andes matters for the wider human story.



The Black Hand: the long road to Sarajevo.

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts talks us through the moments leading up to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on 28th June 1914.


Mozart learns to play the piano: 6 weeks in autumn 1777

John Irving

Mozart learns to play the piano: John Irving explains the significance of Mozart discovering the Stein piano.


In pursuit of empty tombs and rotten bones: pilgrimage in the late medieval West

Dr Alexandra Gajewski

Dr Alexandra Gajewski explores the representation of pilgrimage in medieval art.


Visiting country houses from a historical perspective

Anthony Lambert

Historian and writer Anthony Lambert on navigating the etiquette of giving tips during country house visiting in the 18th century.



Les Années Folles: art and design in Paris between the Wars

Patrick Bade

Patrick Bade talks us through just some of the places visited on his forthcoming tour Les Annees Folles in Paris.


Our 2019 London Lecture Afternoon takes place on 23 November at One Great George Street

The talks:

'How Music Changes Mind’, Stephen Johnson

'Tis the gift to be simple: Early American Portraiture’, Mary Lynn Riley

'Shahnameh: Persian past and Iranian present in the Epic of Kings’, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn Jones

'Butrint: Albania’s archaeological gem and Virgil’s ‘Troy in miniature’, Carolyn Perry 

'Brunel as an Architect’, Dr Steven Brindle

'Indian colonial architecture’, Anthony Peers 

The afternoon includes a tea break and canapé reception. The first lecture begins at 2.00pm, with the drink’s reception commencing at 5.30pm. The event ends between 7pm and 7.30pm.

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