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Stamford & Deene Park (Northants.)


Wed, 15 Aug 18
Depart 8.30 am

Time to explore, and have lunch in, the attractive market town of Stamford before visiting Deene Park, the home of the Brudenell family for over 500 years - including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade. A guided tour of the house is included, with free time to explore the gardens. Cost £30 per person.

Bletchley Park


Tue, 04 Sep 18
Depart 08.30am

Tickets £35

Bletchley Park, the top-secret home of British Codebreakers and birthplace of modern information technology, played a major role in producing secret intelligence which had a profound influence on the outcome of World War 2.
The collection includes key items - such as cipher machines - plus personal items, such as diaries, letters and recollections from Veterans.

Black Ivory

Mark Mitchels
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 12 Sep 18
19.00 - 20.30

Tickets £5.
Members may bring non-member guests to this event

Hardly any aspect of English life was unaffected by the fact of slavery. Wilberforce is the name most associated with the struggle but there were many others.
This talk celebrates unknown people who together changed history for good.

Ipswich Medieval Churches

John Field
Birkbeck Room

Thu, 27 Sep 18
14.00 - 15.00

Tickets £4
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

John continues his fully illustrated talk on Ipswich’s medieval Churches by looking at the six churches still in religious use.

These churches have graced our town for many centuries, and are in their built form, an archive of Ipswich life throughout those years.
The talk will also consider the important impact these buildings make upon the urban environment and fabric of Ipswich.

Navigating the Royals

Peter Chapman-Andrews
Chapters Restautant

Wed, 03 Oct 18
19.00 - 20.30

Tickets £4.
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

During his career as a naval officer, Peter Chapman-Andrews navigated two ships with arguably the most recognisable names in the Royal Navy - Ark Royal and Britannia. His talk will describe his experiences in both ships, in a light-hearted, and liberally illustrated, way.

The Charterhouse, London


Wed, 10 Oct 18

Tickets £35

The Charterhouse dates from 1348. Variously a Plague pit, a Carthusian monastery, a mansion for noblemen, a refuge for royalty and a home for 80 “Brothers” who’s Governors include Wellington and Cromwell, the Charterhouse appears in the writings of Defoe and Dickens. Baden-Powell and John Wesley attended school here. Still a residence, we take a tour of this fascinating historical gem with one of the Brothers. Free time to browse the Museum, tea room and shop.

For All

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Sarah Perry

Reading Room

Mon, 10 Sep 18

Tickets £8 on the door (£4 SBL members)

Sarah Perry is the author of two novels. After Me Comes the Flood was published in 2014, followed by The Essex Serpent in 2016, which was nominated for the 2016 Costa Book Awards and named Waterstones Book of the Year. It was also on the longlist for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Told with exquisite grave and intelligence, the novel is a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

Improver's Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords

Tim King (aka Encota)

Birkbeck Room

Thu, 04 Oct 18
14.00 - 16.00

Tickets £6.50 (members) £7.50 (non-members)

This workshop is designed for those who have had some experience of cryptic crosswords and are keen to learn more; ideal if you attended the previous workshop or you regularly solve some of a daily national cryptic.

Tim, an expert crossword solver and setter, will guide us into the mystery (and history) of the cryptic crossword with time split between presentation and practising solving.

Rudyard Kipling

Diana Bickerton

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 20 Oct 18
10.00 - 15.30

Tickets (including lunch) £21 (members, £26 (non-members)

Rudyard Kipling – Imperialist, myth maker, journalist, novelist, short-story writer, poet. How is Kipling viewed in the 21st century?
The workshop will look at the man, his life and works and ask whether the changes to his reputation have come full circle.
Students will receive some short excerpts from his work prior to the workshop.

More Experimental Mixed Media - Multi Surfaces

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 27 Oct 18
9.30am - 15.30pm

Cost (including lunch) £28.00 Member, £33.00 Non-member.

This workshop will explore the use of a wide range of media using dry brush, collage, stencils and other techniques, in different combinations, to create images with very different effects. Learn how to refine and enhance your skills, and how to exploit the potential and limitations of all kinds of art materials as they interact and react with each other. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce techniques and media and open tasks will help you explore your own picture making.
Suitable for all ability levels – these workshops introduce new methods each time so you can start at any point or build up on previous experience.
Please ask for the materials to bring list, some specialist materials will be provided and included in the price.

Watercolour Workshop - Enhancements

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room

Sat, 24 Nov 18
9.30 - 15.30

Tickets (including lunch) £26 (members) £31 (non-members)

This watercolour workshop will explore a range of techniques including agitation, resist and other methods. You will learn how to apply, modify and manipulate the watercolour media to create images with different characteristics and learn how to refine and enhance your skills. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce the methods and media and open tasks will help you focus on and explore your own interests.
No previous experience is necessary, and for those with some experience, it will be a comprehensive exploration of the key agitation techniques which will build on what you may already know.
Please ask for the materials to bring list, some specialist materials will be provided and included in the price.