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Events, Tours and Visits

As part of the annual programme, there will be events based on the Isle of Man, tours in the UK and abroad.

Reports from Recent Events


International Women’s Day Lecture

Joan Eardley – She died too young

8th March 2019

Amanda Herries

Amanda Herries, gave an inspiring and informative lecture about a little known female artist, Joan Eardley, who was born in Sussex but lived and worked in Scotland. She was particularly known locally for her depiction of Glasgow street children and latterly for large dramatic Scottish landscapes painted on board. Sadly her life was cut short by breast cancer in her forties but her work is now being appreciated for its authenticity and legacy.

The event was attended by 62 members and guests and was held at the Comis at Mount Murray Golf and Country Club.

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The Anatomy of Collecting

25th October 2018 (Study day)

Mark Allum

We enjoyed a Study day with Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum featuring a fascinating look at the folklore, history and psychology of collecting and including objects from Marc's own collection, followed in the afternoon by a ‘Bring an Object’ talk in which Marc spontaneously described items brought in by the audience which was a fun, informative and inclusive session with a mini Antiques Roadshow flavour!


International Women’s Day

8th March 2018

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Life and Art of Marianne North: Victorian Botanical Artist and Traveller

Accomplished botanical painter and inveterate traveller, Marianne North (1830-1890) led an unconventional life capturing the essence of rare plants. Born in Hastings, the daughter of an MP, she initially contented herself with the wild flowers of England, but after the death of first her mother and then her father her pursuit of plants took her round the world. Japan, Java, Ceylon, Canada, India, Brazil and Jamaica were just some of the countries she penetrated into the remote regions in search of rarities. This talk explored both the life and social context of Marianne North, including an examination of why her paintings troubled deeply conservative Victorian society and the eventual creation of her gallery. The talk was beautifully illustrated and informative, dotted with humour and much enjoyed by all.

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