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

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

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World


Presented by the artist 1964© Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Presented by the artist 1964

© Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Sunday 17 January 2016, 3.00 pm


Exhibition at Kröller-Müller Museum from 28 November 2015 to 17 April 2016

Talk by Angeline Bremer-Cox, who is associated expert with the Kröller-Müller Museum. Drs. A. Bremer-Cox (her formal name)  has studied history of art. After her study, she was master at the “Vrije Academie”. For 9 years she was a curator and produced several exhibitions and publications. She also produces  short documentaries,  for instance Vincent van Gogh’s vision on his life and art (2004).  Angeline is cultural entrepreneur, head of our deparment for guided tours of the Kröller-Müller Museum.

The Kröller-Müller Museum honours Barbara Hepworth (Wakefield 1902 – St. Ives 1975) with a major retrospective, fifty years after her last major exhibition in 1965. Barbara Hepworth is one of the most successful sculptors of the twentieth century. Her works are included in the world’s great sculpture collections. Continue reading

The IJssel Linie at Olst

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The IJssel Linie at Olst, Overijssel

Benjamin Manton is a dual national with Dutch and American citizenship.  He was born in Boston and grew up in a small fishing village on the North Atlantic coast. His post high school education includes a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Boston University, a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University and attendance at two art schools in Washington.  His military experience includes two years training with the U.S. Air Force and eight years with the U.S. Navy. Continue reading

Chatsworth, the Housekeeper’s Tale

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Chatsworth, the Housekeeper’s Tale

Christine Robinson, who spoke to us twice before, entered service at Chatsworth in 1974 and has spent more than forty years at the heart of Chatsworth, one of Britain’s greatest country estates and the Peak District home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Christine Robinson, who spoke to us twice before, entered service at Chatsworth in 1974 and has spent more than forty years at the heart of Chatsworth, one of Britain’s greatest country estates and the Peak District home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Continue reading

The life and work of Nicholas Stone the Elder

dr.Adam White

dr.Adam White

Tuesday 19 May 2015

The Life and work of Nicholas Stone the Elder

Dr. Adam White is curator at Lotherton Hall, a country house museum between Leeds and York. He also has a research interest in the architecture and sculpture of the early 17th century in Britain when ties between England and the Netherlands were particularly close. Continue reading

A Dutch king and an English Palace:

John Sutton

John Sutton

Wednesday 22 April 2015

A Dutch king and an English Palace:

JOHN SUTTON was a Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Polytechnic University. He specialises in the history of Early Modern England and the English Renaissance (1558-1640), the English Civil War and the Jacobite cause. In 1983-84 he made a television series on Eastern England in the 1640s, entitled ‘A War in the Kingdom’ which was screened on Anglia TV. He regularly hosts special interest gatherings on a wide range of historical subjects. He has previously talked to the GNE branches on topics such as Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Walter Raleigh, Charles I and Elizabeth I. His last GNE lecture tour was in October 2009 when he spoke on `Rob Roy – hero or villain`. Continue reading