The next Special Interest Day is on 7 Apr 2020 
At Benenden Village Hall
Tuesday April 7th 10.30 – 3pm Coffee served from 10am; 
Price £25 including coffee and light lunch; glass of wine by donation

This Day of Special Interest will be an entertaining and informative talk on Rococo Silver. We will have the opportunity to handle and examine the actual pieces under discussion. We will go on a journey to uncover the original owners and some of the life stories associated with them, and see candlesticks owned by a founding governor of Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital in 1739. These candlesticks are being used by the speaker to raise money for charity.



The Huguenot influence on this most decorative period is discussed, together with an interpretation of the engraved heraldry of the items. New silversmithing techniques and methods of manufacture are explained, as well as the social context of the coffee culture of the time and the gambling that led to pieces changing hands.

Ralph Hoyle was a schoolboy member of the Wine Label Circle, a society devoted to the study of silver decanter labels and went on to be its President. He is a long-standing member of the Silver Society. He has given talks to the Art Fund, Sheffield Assay Office, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Historic Houses and small charity raising events.

Future Special Interest Days

November 10 2020 The Golden Age of English and European Furniture

Lecturer Janusz Karczewski-Stowikowski

The day will focus on English and European furniture of the period 1660 to 1760 and will be divided into three sessions. Firstly from joiner to cabinet making, secondly East meets West from Baroque to Rococo and finally Georgian furniture.

The last Special Interest Day on 12 Nov 2019

Venice, The Most Serene Republic: Art Books & Convents

Lecturer: Patricia Erskine-Hill

Special Interest Day on 9 Apr 2019

The Honourable East India Company & East-West Trade: Chintz, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie, 1600 – 1800

Lecturer: Viv Lawes M.A., B.A.Hons

Previous Special Interest Days in 2015 – 2018

 The Nude   by Lydia Bauman

Medieval Life in Art and Illumination by Kenneth Parker

Royal Progresses of the Tudor and Stuart Monarchs 1485 -1714 by Roger Mitchell

How to look after your Antique Furniture by Christopher Chanter

Art for the Modern Age; Painting in nineteenth-century France by Dr Lois Oliver.

Mozart:  the  Operatic Genius by Peter Medhurst

The Glories of English Watercolours by Ann Clements