Arts Society Accredited Lecturer
Below are the lectures which I can offer to Arts Societies and other organisations.
THE MEN WHO MADE MENSWEAR
The story of mens tailoring over the past 200 years.
The story of men's tailoring over the past 200 years, told through the lives of the men who commissioned and created and wore it.
How did men such as Beau Brummell, The Duke of Windsor, Tommy Nutter, Montague Burton, Alexander McQueen and John Stephen create their signature looks which influenced the mens fashion?
This lecture also looks at the wider cultural shifts since the early 19th century to the present day and how they affected the way that men present themselves.
BRAVE NEW WORLD
How the arts and culture shaped Post War Britain.
In the aftermath of World War II art, architecture, fashion, film, music and theatre changed hugely.
Architects remade cities in modernist, brutalist ways. Angry young men took over the theatres.
Rock and roll was born and artists flocked to the Colony Rooms. After the gentle Ealing comedies came social realism.
The Festival of Britain showcased a brighter future. In Art, Hepworth and Heron, Bacon and Freud, Paolozzi and Hamilton were forging new directions.
Unburdened by the expectations of the past a new Elizabethan age was one of unlimited possibilities.
THE DEATH OF KINGS (AND QUEENS)
The private and medical lives of British Monarchs
A visit to the reopened National Portrait Gallery reveals some fascinating secret histories of monarchs, often hidden within their portraits. These public images can often show their frailty and their inner lives. This lecture looks at the personal and medical histories of assorted British Monarchs. How they lived and how they died. These stories are sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant but are always fascinating. How bizarre murders, wretched obstetrics, botched medical procedures and some very poor lifestyle choices did for some of our most famous kings and queens.