Russia and Europe: What Next?

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Sunday 22nd January 2017, 3 pm


John Pilkington has been called “one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers’ tales”.
In 1983, after journeys in Africa and Latin America, he completed a 500-mile solo crossing of the western Nepal Himalaya, and told the story in his first book Into Thin Air. His interest in Asia grew further with the opening in 1986 of the border between Pakistan and China, making it possible – for the first time in forty years – to retrace virtually the whole of the Silk Road. John was one of the first modern travellers to do so, and he wrote about the journey in An Adventure on the Old Silk Road. This was followed in 1991 by An Englishman in Patagonia; recounting eight months spent exploring the southern most tip of South America.
In 2000 he became one of only four people in modern times to walk the 1,600-mile Royal Road of the Incas in the Andes of Ecuador and Peru. In 2003 he explored the Mekong River and, with two Tibetans, reached and mapped its source at over 17,000 feet. In 2006 he turned his attention to the Sahara Desert, and joined a camel caravan carrying salt for 450 miles from the mines of Taoudenni to Timbuktu.

Passions are running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the Caucasus. Vladimir Putin’s adventures in Ukraine took the West rather by surprise. But in some ways I think they followed a pattern that goes back more than a century to the legendary ‘Great Game’ between Russia and Britain in Victorian times. Continue reading

Travels with Charles

Travels with Charles by Jos Paardekooper

Sunday 20th November 2016, 3 pm


imagesJos Paardekooper (1949) has been employed in Higher Vocational Education in Deventer since 1975 after completing his studies of Dutch language and literature and Philosophy of Language at Leiden University, originally as a teacher of Dutch language and literature, but later as a teacher of Culture and Society. He frequently delivers talks and publishes in the field of cultural history and literature. From 2007-2009 he was Poet of the City of Deventer. He has been studying the Russian language for a few years.

Charles Dickens made two long journeys through the United States. Even during his first journey (1842/43), when he had only published a few famous novels, he was not only a legend in England but also on the other side of the Atlantic. His experiences with the “new world”, which were not only positive, were laid down in a delightful travelogue, American Notes, which was published shortly after his return to England. Continue reading

BBC – its Past, its Future and its Relationship with Holland

Photo Lis HowellBBC – its Past, its Future and its Relationship with Holland by Lis Howell

Sunday 30th October 2016, 3 pm


Lis Howell is a major award-winning journalist and broadcasting executive who has worked for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky News. She was Senior Vice-President at Flextech Television (later Virgin Media) where she founded Living TV, now a key channel on Sky.

Prior to that she was Managing Editor of Sky News where she produced their coverage of the first Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. She won a Royal Television Society Award for coverage of the Lockerbie disaster from ITV Border when she was the first female Head of News at ITV.

She was a television reporter and presenter at Granada and Tyne Tees and began her career in journalism as a producer and reporter at BBC Radio Leeds. In 1999 she chaired the Guardian International Edinburgh Television Festival. In 2001 she attended the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme. Continue reading

Oxford & Christ Church College

photoOxford & Christ Church College by Maureen Nicholas

Sunday 17th April 2016, 3 pm


Maureen Nicholas was born in Lancashire and after university entered Lloyds Bank executer and trustee department and worked in St. James’s street in London. After her son went to preparatory school she took a teacher’s certificate at Sussex university and taught mathematics at Brighton College. During that period she was involved in various organisations in Sussex and did a fair amount of public speaking. Continue reading

Newsletter March April 2016

In this Newsletter you will find information on two talks, namely on 6 March and 17 April 2016, both on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. Our venue is again De Schalm, Dreef 1, 7414 EA, Deventer. There is some news from the Committee as well which can be found further down.

Newsletter March April 2016



Erasmus in England

Erasmus in England

Sunday 6 March 2016, 3.00 pm by Richard Parker

img020Richard Parker MA BD studied at Balliol College, Oxford (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and King’s College, London (Theology). For most of his working life he has been an independent consultant in training and management development. He is a guide at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and is an occasional preacher at his local church in London.Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), also known as ‘Erasmus of Rotterdam’, was a leading figure in the intellectual movement that became known as ‘humanism’. At a time when ancient manuscripts of biblical texts were being discovered, he produced an important new translation of the New Testament into Latin. Now that printing was widely available, this became influential in supporting the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Erasmus was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1492. While generally in favour of reform in the Catholic Church, he wanted to reform it from within and so remained a Catholic priest for the rest of his life, though never active in parish work. Continue reading

Newsletter January 2016

Dear members,
In this Newsletter we would like to give you more information about the first talk in the New Year. On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, 17 January 2016 Mrs Angeline Bremer-Cox will be speaking to us on Sculpture for a Modern World. This is the title of the exhibition of the works of sculptress Barbara Hepworth which is at the Museum Kröller Müller until 17 April 2016.


Guided tour of Turner exhibition at Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle




Op zaterdag 3 oktober 2015 organiseert de British Society Deventer een rondleiding voor leden en introducees voor de tentoonstelling Gevaar & Schoonheid – Turner en de traditie van het sublieme.


Tijd: 11.30 uur

Plaats: Museum de Fundatie te Zwolle

Prijs: € 2,50 voor leden en € 5,00 voor introducees (deze prijs is exclusief de entree voor het museum).

Maximaal 15 deelnemers.

U kunt zich via de e-mail opgeven bij AnneMarie Meijer ( of telefonisch 0570-631324.

Van 5 september 2015 tot en met 3 januari 2016 organiseren Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle en Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede in samenwerking met Tate Britain de tentoonstelling ‘Gevaar & Schoonheid – Turner en de traditie van het sublieme’. Turner is voor Groot-Brittannië wat Rembrandt is voor Nederland. Zijn werk is alleen bij hoge uitzondering in ons land te zien. De dubbeltentoonstelling in Enschede en Zwolle presenteert ruim 50 schilderijen en aquarellen van Turner in de context van de Europese kunstgeschiedenis, van de late middeleeuwen tot nu, met werk van Aelbert Cuyp, Claude Lorrain, Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Armando, Gerhard Richter en vele anderen             

Shakespeare course by Marijke Lemmerman

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Now that we have embarked on a new venture with British Society Deventer, we feel like taking on the challenge of organising some new activities, such as a guided tour at the Turner exhibition, literature courses or any other cultural initiatives.

This summer Marijke Lemmerman was asked to offer a course on Highlights from Shakespeare at a private secondary school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was an amazing experience , and is to be followed by another course focussed on performance of Shakespeare “off by heart” in 2016. Knowing that many 16 – 18-year-old students enjoyed doing the course, it seems worth finding out if any of our members are interested in attending 5 afternoon or evening classes of two hours each on “Highlights from Shakespeare”. Reflecting on William Shakespeare in 2016 could not be more appropriate, as it is the very year that we commemorate Shakespeare’s death 400 years previously. Continue reading