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London Lecture Afternoon 2020

posted on 17/03/20

Our annual London Lecture Afternoons promise a broad range of talks from our distinguished pool of experts within historic venues in central London. We are making preparations for our 2020 event, which will take place in the autumn. Contact us to register your interest.

In the meantime, we are delighted to share short extracts from each of the lecturer’s talks given at our London Lecture Afternoon in November 2019. Six MRT lecturers spoke on a range of topics, from an epic Persian poem to Brunel as an architect and Shostakovich's music changing minds.


Shahnameh: Persian past and Iranian present in the Epic of Kings 

Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University Lloyd Llewellyn Jones talks us through the epic Persian poem Shamaneh.



Brunel as an Architect 

Dr Steven Brindle 

Steven Brindle’s talk focused on Brunel’s relatively unknown work as an architect, with examples of sketches for buildings in Bristol and London (Bristol, Paddington sketches).


'Tis the gift to be simple: Early American Portraiture

Mary Lynn Riley 

Mary Lynn Riley discusses the simplicity of 17th century American portraiture.


Butrint: Albania's archaeological gem and Virgil's 'Troy in miniature' 

Carolyn Perry 

Carolyn Perry on the archaeological evidence linking Butrint in Albania with Troy.


The Buildings of the British in India: The Long Quest for an Appropriate Style

Anthony Peers 

Anthony Peers on the British influences on Indian architecture.



How Music Changes Minds 

Stephen Johnson 

Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson shares his personal recollections of Shostakovich’s music.


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