Monday, 30 April 2012

The Art of Landscape 16 May 2012 - 20 Jun 2012 Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum

Every Wednesday, 16 May – 20 June 2012 (6 weeks), 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. Six lectures by Paul Chapman tracing the evolution of modern landscape painting from the Romantics to the present day. Talks can be booked as a course or individually.

Focusing on the landscape of the West Country, we will see how painters respond to their environments through changing times. Starting with the painters of the Romantic period and ending with the contemporary artists of today we will cover themes and ideas such as the response to agriculture, industrialisation, times of conflict and urbanization.

Together we will look at the landscape through the eyes of the painters and discover how a sense of place combined with a sense of self, produced some of the greatest English art of the last two centuries.

No previous knowledge is needed and there will be opportunities to contribute and discuss topics and ideas raised by studying these wonderful pictures.

Paul Chapman is an art historian whose specialist area is modern painting from the 1850's to present day.

Friday, 27 April 2012

First fifty volumes of Medieval Archaeology available online

In celebration of the Society for Medieval Archaeology's 50th anniversary the first fifty volumes of Medieval Archaeology have been made available in digital form.

The project comprises two parts; the digitised articles have been uploaded without the corresponding plates and copyrighted images, the images are to be uploaded separately in 2008. This arrangement is to ensure that organisations and individuals are alerted to the reproduction of their images and have given their permission for them to appear on the website.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Dinton Historical Society Lectures 2012

April 26th. 'Starve or Set Sail: Wiltshire Emigration to Canada. 1830- 1880' by Lucille Campey.

May 24th. Gordon Lake Memorial Lecture. 'What the Churchwarden's Accounts reveal about Dinton: New Discoveries' by Geoff Campey.

June 28th. 'Ebble: The Secret Valley' by Rex Sawyer.

July 26th. 'The Russian Countess of Pembroke' by Ros Liddington.
September 20th. 'The Salisbury Hoard' by Margaret McKenzie.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Prehistoric Society Cranborne Chase Weekend 14 September 2012 - 16 September 2012.

Astonishingly, it is 12 years since the Prehistoric Society visited Cranborne Chase (apart from our student tour in 2007). Much has happened in the intervening period. This tour will revisit some familiar sites to bring us up to date on new work and discoveries, some new sites, and two major monument and settlement complexes in the Cranborne Chase hinterland. As usual there will be some pracical demonstrations and ‘real’ fieldwork.

Medieval Themed Diamond Jubilee Event Salisbury May 1st

There are two weeks to go until communities from across wiltshire showcase their areas at the fun-packed Diamond Jubilee celebration event on May 1.

The medieval-themed event will take place at Salisbury's Cathedral Close from 10am to 5.30 pm because of the city's links to the Magna Carta. All Wiltshire's community areas will be represented with a tent packed with activities and artefacts.