Local Arts Society offers free online lecture for Dacorum residents

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The guest speaker will explore the origins of new towns

A local Arts Society is offering a free Zoom lecture with a guest speaker to both members and non-members of the Society.

During the pandemic, The Arts Society Gade Valley moved its annual programme of professionally delivered lectures online to support its members and reach out to a wider audience.

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The Society is now offering a free public Zoom lecture on the morning of Wednesday, September 22.

Guest speakerMatthew Denneywill explore the origins of new townsGuest speakerMatthew Denneywill explore the origins of new towns
Guest speakerMatthew Denneywill explore the origins of new towns

In the lecture entitled “Post War New Towns – Stevenage and Harlow to Milton Keynes. Heroic architecture or a concrete mistake?”, guest speaker Matthew Denney will explore the origins of new towns such as Hemel Hempstead.

Matthew is an auctioneer and valuer holding a PhD in the Arts and Crafts Movement. He was formerly a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University and is currently conducting research into post-war design and architecture.

Patricia Bandle, Arts Society GV chairman, said: “For anybody interested in the Arts, the September lecture will be the ideal opportunity to find out what our Society has to offer.

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“Our 2021/22 lecture programme will continue to be delivered via Zoom until circumstances allow us to meet in person and will cover wide-ranging topics including Women War Artists; Holbein’s paintings of faces in the Steelyard; Chivalry, Art and Reality during the Great War; Tea, Opium and Hong Kong and 100 years of design on the London Underground.”

To register for the September lecture free of charge, visit: forms.gle/Bae3TgPJBosweaWc6 and submit the form.

Patricia added: “The Arts Society, Gade Valley is a thriving and friendly educational arts charity for people who want to keep up with all aspects of the arts and our artistic heritage.

“For many decades, we have offered an exciting and wide-ranging programme of face-to-face monthly lectures, presented by highly knowledgeable experts, along with the opportunity to attend special interest days, join visits to cultural venues/events and make short UK and overseas cultural tours.”

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