September 2022

Blenheim Palace - The Agony and the Ecstasy

Possibly the most admired historic English building outside London, Blenheim Palace is an uncompromising World Heritage monument to English military ambition and one family’s self importance. The story of its construction is a fascinating catalogue of excess and outrage, while the result is both monstrous and utterly sublime. But it is in the effect that its perceived spirit has had on consecutive generations of Marlboroughs, that is most revealing. It is also of course, from within this ‘cauldron’ that a Churchill was born, recently voted the ‘The Greatest Briton of All Time’. This lecture explores these themes and the characters involved, marvelling at the genius of Vanbrugh and considering the real impact the palace has left on the nation. 


The lecturer on this occasion is Anthony Russell

Anthony Russell has travelled much of the world, combining painting with tour lecturing – principally to American university students on bespoke tours. Spent six years as a consultant for Luke Hughes and travelled the country advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals. Now based in London, spends much of his time lecturing and undertaking research, while assisting at the British Museum with outreach events and visiting lecturers. As an advocate of non-violence, he is the author of the book Evolving the Spirit – From Democracy to Peace, commended by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Laureate, as meaning a great deal to her.

This lecture will be held in the Matthews Hall at 10 45 a.m. on Thursday, September 8th 2022