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14 January 2020“Persephone’s isle: The Heritage of Sicily”
10 December 2019“Christmas at Covent Garden”
12 November 2019“Landscape Photography”
08 October 2019“Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China”
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02 April 2019Prague: City of the Winter Queen
12 March 2019Turner vs Constable: The Great British Paint-Off
12 February 2019Images of the British Empire
08 January 2019The magic of pantomime
11 December 2018Clara, rhino superstar and wonder of the Grand Tour
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12 June 2018‘Frank Thrower and Dartington Glass’
08 May 2018‘Man’s Real Best Friend: horses in art and history’
10 April 2018‘Treasure of the Black Tent: antique tribal rugs and dowry weavings of the Persian and Central Asian nomads’
13 March 2018‘Arsenic and Old Wallpaper – the darker side of William Morris’
06 February 2018‘A Potted History of Britain’ (Note date FIRST Tuesday of the month this time).
09 January 2018‘Gods, Goddesses, Heaven and Hell.’
12 December 2017‘Sing we Yule’
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13 June 2017'Les Parisiennes' - How Women Lived, Loved and Died in Paris from 1939 to 1949
09 May 2017An Introduction to the Gardens and Tea Houses of Japan
11 April 2017Christian and Islamic Art and Architecture in the Iberian Peninsula
14 March 2017Healing Stitches - Therapeutic Handicrafts at Times of Conflict
14 February 2017Hidden Canvases - street art in the City
10 January 2017Buckfast Abbey; the rebuilding of a mediaeval monastery
13 December 2016'That Jocund World' - theatre in the life and works of Charles Dickens
08 November 2016The Art and Beauty of Old Maps of the World
11 October 2016Bricks, Sheds and Unmade Beds: Is it Art?
14 June 2016 From Magic Lanterns to Metro Goldwyn Meyer
10 May 2016The Cult of the South Pacific - from Cook to Gauguin
12 April 2016Shakespeare: the Plays in Performance and Art
08 March 2016The Glasgow Boys - Painting in Scotland
09 February 2016Repton on the Tamar
12 January 2016Women Artists from 1500 to 1800
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“Persephone’s isle: The Heritage of Sicily” Sue Rollin Tuesday 14 January 2020

Sicily has long been a crossroads between East and West. Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards have all ruled over the island and contributed to its rich cultural heritage. From remarkable Greek temples, the villa at Piazza Armerina with some of the most magnificent mosaics of the late Roman world to the court of the Norman kings of Sicily which was one of the most brilliant in Europe: the mosaics of the Palatine chapel in Palermo and the cathedral at Monreale are jewels of 12th century art. 

Sue works as a tour guide and lecturer in India and the Middle East. She was formerly lecturer in Assyriology and Ancient History at the Universities of London and Cambridge and has worked as an archaeologist.

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