Turin

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Turin is an important business and cultural centre in Northern Italy. in 1563, it became the capital of the Duchy of Savoy, and then of the Kingdom of Sardinia ruled by the House of Savoy, and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 to 1865. Blessed with a fine cityscape Turin boasts a wonderful […]

The Amalfi Coast and Capri

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Italian business leader Diego Della Valle once said "Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri." Join this illustrated lecture and discover a truly wonderful part of the world that is steeped […]

Great Houses and Mansions of Russia No 1

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In this first of a series of illustrated lectures, we take a look at some of Russia's not so well known palaces and mansions that are steeped in history, and of course, boast fantastic architecture and/or landscaped grounds the likes of the Livadia Palace (Crimea), Terem Palace (Moscow), Wooden Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich (Moscow), […]

The Tale of Two Cities: Edinburgh and Glasgow

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Enjoy a virtual visit the two fine Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. They each boast their own distinctive array of attractions including Edinburgh's world famous Royal Mile, glorious castle, beautiful St Giles Cathedral, fascinating Princes Street, National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Burrell Collection, Pollok House, George Square, old […]

Portraits of Scotland

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Come face to face with Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, J K Rowling and many more celebrated Scottish rulers, artists, architects and writers, who have helped to shape Scotland today. Join Kenneth Park, lecturer, curator and tour leader, for an illustrated lecture when he presents a selection of […]

Some Great Houses, Castles and Gardens of Scotland

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This lecture will take you to Scotland to see some truly wonderful country houses and castles. We will crisscross this country to find finest houses and castles the likes of Hopetoun House, Holyrood Palace, Glamis Castle, Blair Castle, Dunvegan Castle and more... This lecture is being presented using Zoom by Kenneth Park and Old Treasury […]

The Story of Tartan

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Say the word ‘tartan’ and you immediately think Scotland. “Records refer to it as ‘mottled’, ‘marled’ and ‘sundrie coloured’, but perhaps the best description comes from the Gaelic word breacan, meaning chequered.” The story of tartan is chequered as the material itself. The great tartan revival started in 1822, when George IV visited Edinburgh, and […]

Australia’s Marine Environment: The History and Politics of Exploitation and Conservation

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Climate change and resource exploitation is posing acute challenges for Australia’s marine environment. In this webinar three historians draw on their research in different contexts and cultures and together address key issues in the history and politics of marine exploitation and conservation. Lynette Russell (Monash University) reflects on ‘Looking Out, Looking In: visitors from the sea rethinking […]