DLA talks on royalty, geysers, the Proms and more…

The Darlington Lecture Association (DLA) new season of talks opens on 3 September with Iceland: The Land of Geysers and Gyrs.

12 November “Sweet Song of Avon” Elizabeth Merry
3 December “Spectacular South Africa” Rosemary Legrand
14 January “Cathedral Care Taker” Geoff Clifton
11 February “Treasures of the Turf” Christopher Garibaldi
11 March “Putting on the Proms” David Pickard
8 April “The Wynyard Dynasty” Ron Tempest

A highlight of the series is An exploration of Windsor Castle’s treasures; visitors can hear about how the Queen entertains her guests with an after-dinner tour of the royal library. Oliver Everett, who in his 17 years as librarian at Windsor wrote the castle’s guide book, will give an illustrated talk on 8 October. As well as showing the great art and historical documents, the Queen enjoys recounting stories behind off-beat exhibits like the Lutyens dolls’ house and the shirt Charles I wore at his execution.

Other lectures are on Shakespeare’s life and times, the flora and fine scenery of South Africa and the National Museum of Horseracing. David Pickard, the man who decides who will play what at the Proms, speaks in March; and there is the civil engineer who ensures the survival of several of Britain’s most splendid cathedrals.

A real-life soap opera with serious history attached could best describe the Wynyard Dynasty, says the lecture association, which rounds off its season in April with the story down the centuries of the family who owned the stately home near Teesside.

  • Membership is £25; visitor entrance is £5
  • Lectures take place from September to April, usually second Monday of each month 7.30pm
  • At Carmel RC College, The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RP
  • For more information, visit the website, call 01325 363350 or email dlecture@live.co.uk