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Kettering Museum and Art Gallery: Talks

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum

£3 per person, free to Friends Members. Available on the door, no advance booking required.
For further information, see our website or contact the chairperson on 01536 518 941.

All talks start at 7:30pm

All talks are hosted at the Alfred East Art Gallery.

'The Lecture League' by Adam Gotch

Thursday 15 January

Adam GotchIn 1919, Lawrence Gotch returned from the Middle East to his home town of Kettering. He had served in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. To raise money for beds to be provided at The Lord Kitchener Convalescent Home in Lowestoft. Laurence Gotch presented a lecture titled ‘With Allenby in Palestine’ using glass slides and maps. He later toured the UK having joined ‘The Lecture League’ agency, presenting lectures on ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and his favourite subject ‘ The Country Houses of Northampton’ This lecture will be presented by Adam Gotch, Lawrence Gotch’s grandson.

'Magic Lantern Show' by Kevin Varty

Thursday 19 February 

Kevin VartyThis is a history of magic lanterns, which were invented in the 1650s, some two hundred years before photography. The talk covers the developments in the lanterns from their heyday in the 1870s up to their demise in the 1950s.

The lanterns and the glass slides are all original items. This Magic Lantern presentation shows the heavily censored illustrations of the early years of the Great War taken from popular newspapers which were then made into glass slides for public exhibition.

'Kettering 1914 - 1918' by John Stanyard 

Thursday 19 March

'40 Years On' by John Wilson and AGM at 7pm


A photographic survey of life in the Solomon islands then and now.

'The Art of War' by Phil Steele

Thursday 21 May

'Kettering at Play' by Ian Addis

Thursday 18 June

Wicksteed Park and more. 

'Robert Kitson' by David Boswell

Thursday 16 July

Pupil of Alfred East born in Leeds, Villa and Garden in Sicily.  

Last updated: 14/01/2015

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