Dates for the Diary

Autumn Term 2017

Mercers' Lecture: Alex Thompson,
14 September 2017

Alex Thomson is a major talent in International yacht racing. He competes in the high-speed, extreme IMOCA 60 class and has been sponsored by HUGO BOSS since 2003. In January 2017, he finished the Vendee Globe in 2nd place, being the fastest Britain to sail single handedly, non-stop, around the globe

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Mercers' Lecture: Dr Bettany Hughes,
11 October 2017
How to Make the Greatest City on Earth

Dr Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in ancient and mediaeval history and culture. She has written and presented more than 50 TV and radio documentaries which have reached some 250 million people worldwide. ‘Britain’s Secret Treasures’, which she co-presented with Michael Buerk, was a particular highlight. Her most recent book is ‘Istanbul, A Tale of Three Cities’ which has been critically acclaimed. Bettany has long drawn attention to women’s position in society both past and present. She was named one of the BBC’s 100 Global Woman and stands on the Women of the World Committee.

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FULLY BOOKED Mercers' Lecture: Steve Backshall,
7 November 2017

Steve Backshall is one of TV’s busiest presenters and a BAFTA award-winning wildlife expert, known to many for BBC TV's ‘Deadly 60’. His other BBC work includes being part of the expedition teams in ‘Lost Land of the Tiger’, ‘Lost Land of the Volcano’ and ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’. He has worked for the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel and has published three novels for children and several non-fiction works. He is married to Helen Glover, the Olympic champion rower. In 2017, they completed the Devizes to Westminster canoe race together to raise funds to protect a section of rainforest in Malaysian Borneo.

History Lectures

Both in the William Dauntsey Room at 19:30

Prof Michael Broers (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) – Napoleon - Monday 2 Oct 2017
Prof. James Clark (University of Exeter)  – Monday 27 November 2017:
16:15: 'Success and Failure in the Tudor Reformations'
19:30: 'Re-thinking the Dissolution of the Monasteries'

Art Lectures and Events

Private View 
Art in Motion: the Car, Knowledge and Design
Saturday 16 September 13:00 - 15:30 at The Gallery at Dauntsey’s

This exhibition will include a display of classic cars, vehicle designs from the Royal College of Art, sculpture by Angela Palmer, photography by Iain Kemp and student work from the Art Car competition.
If you have a car that you think might be of interest, that you are willing to exhibit on that day, please contact Victoria Rose - Director of Art v.rose@dauntseys.org
This event is in collaboration with Messums Gallery and Classic Car Safe. 
Exhibition open: 16 September - 7 October 2017. The classic cars will only be on display on Saturday 16 September.

Bethany Pleydell ‘Clothes Make the Man: Fashion and Identity in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries’
Monday 16 October at 19:30 in the William Dauntsey Room

U6 History of Art ARTiculation lectures
Wednesday 18th October at 10:30 in William Dauntsey Room

Private View
Russell Cobb – Illustrator and Photographer
Wednesday 8 November, 18:00 - 20:30
at The Gallery at Dauntsey’s 

An exhibition of illustration and photography
Russell will be delivering an informal lecture about his work at 17:30 in the Art School prior to the start of the private view. All Welcome

Exhibition Open: 8 November - 29 November 2017

Russell Cobb is a leading artist Illustrator in the UK. He has received many industry awards including D&AD Silver, 5 Association of Illustrators Best of British Gold awards and Best in Book in Creative Review's Illustration Annual, 2011. In 2003 the Independent UK national newspaper voted him one of Britain's top ten Illustrators. His work has featured in 3X3 magazine New York, Tecknaren Stockholm and Illusive, Contemporary Illustration Berlin.

Russell served as Chairman of the Association of Illustrators 2005-09 and as an honorary member of the Society of Illustrators New York 2005. He has lectured at many leading establishments including Central Saint Martins School of Art London, Grafill Oslo and the Association of Dutch Designers Amsterdam.

Stella Lyons ‘Facing the World: How to Look at Portrait Painting
Monday 20 November at 19:30 in the William Dauntsey Room

Drama Productions


2 October at 19:30 in Annabel's
3 October at 16:20 in Annabel's
4  October at 19:30 in Annabel's

Its not easy being a teenager. Nobody realises what is going on in your head and nobody can really understand how you are feeling. What's happening on your outside, might not be a true reflection of the inside. A verbatim piece of theatre using extracts from teenage diaries, "Betrayed" offers a true and gritty insight into the issues around mental health and our perception of it.


16 October at 19:30 in Annabel's
17 October at 19:30 in Annabel's
18  October at 16:20 in Annabel's

Amongst the whirl of the everyday, the hustle and bustle, the constant ebb and flow of existence walks Nate. He thought that today would be like any other little did it know it was all about to change.


21 November at 19:30 in Annabel's 
22 November at 16:20 in Annabel's 
23 November at 19:30 in Annabel's

A stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman's best-selling novel, the world of the Crosses and the Noughts is a modern-day tale of star-crossed lovers, race and violence. Powerful, fast-paced and electrifying, this play turns society as we know it on its head


5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 December at 19:30 in the Memorial Hall

One of the world’s most iconic and longest-running musicals, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who spends a lifetime seeking redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and the aftermath of the French Revolution, this timeless story features such famed songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Bring Him Home,” Les Mis brings Victor Hugo’s revolutionary novel blazingly to life.