Special Interest Mornings

Special Interest Mornings (SIMs) are an in depth treatment of a specific topic that is quite separate to the night time lectures.

To attend a SIM download the application form by clicking on an image. The cost for a SIM is $50.

The Special Interest Meetings are held at 10am at;
The Newcastle Club,
40 Newcomen St.,
Newcastle NSW 2300.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
1st June 2020, 10:00am at the Newcastle Club

Allan Read - The Parthenon: How Lord Elgin Gained & Lost His Marbles

In the two centuries since they were removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, the meaning and significance of the ‘Elgin marbles’ has changed dramatically. From architectural decoration to disputed cultural objects this lecture looks at the response to them over their time in Britain, from the original controversy over their purchase to the current debate surrounding the restitution of the marbles to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
31st August,10:00am at the Newcastle Club

Caroline Shenton - The Houses of Parliment: British Icon

  1. THE DAY PARLIAMENT BURNED DOWN

In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor and from stagecoaches on top of the South Downs. In front of hundreds of thousands of witnesses, the great conflagration destroyed Parliament’s glorious old buildings and their contents. No one who witnessed the disaster would ever forget it. Based on the acclaimed book of the same name, this talk takes the audience through the gripping hour-by-hour story of the fire through contemporary depictions of the disaster by Turner, William Heath and others.

  1. MR BARRY’S WAR: REBUILDING THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

A highly topical lecture, given the current arguments about the multi-billion pound restoration planned for Westminster! The Houses of Parliament is one of the most famous and staggering buildings in the world. Its rises serenely from the Thames at Westminster, on a site which has been the centre of power and government in England from the earliest times. It is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture and a spectacular feat of civil engineering: but from the beginning, its design and construction were a battleground for its architect, Charles Barry. The practical challenges, even by the standards of Victorian invention, were immense Battling the interference of MPs and royalty, coaxing and soothing the genius of his partner Pugin, fending off the mad schemes of a host of crackpot inventors and busybodies, and coming in three times over budget and twenty-four years behind schedule, this lecture will tell the story of how Charles Barry created the most famous building in Britain.