Barnet National Trust Lecture Programme 2017/8

    All meetings are held at St Mary Magdalen Church Hall, Whetstone, N20 9AE at 7.45pm.                     Admission is just £2 for members and £2.50 for guests 


    September 19th   Experiences From Around The World part 2 by Pam Wright  followed by Cheese & Wine

    October 17th       Jewellery of the Art Nouveau Era by David Callaghan. 

    David entered the jewellery trade in 1955 as apprentice to Hancocks & Company, where he was Director from 1964 until he retired in 1997. Born in 1938 he attended  St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, where he became Head Chorister, then Magdalen College School, Oxford). He qualified as an FGA in 1958. He is a Freeman of the City of London and was ‘clothed with the Livery’ of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1983. 

    November 21st    Clandon Park - The Restoration by Paul Cook, Programme Director Clandon Park.

    Part of the National Trust since 2012, Paul has oversight of the whole restoration project at Clandon, working with specialists to realise the aim of rebuilding the house.

    December 12th    AGM   followed by Divine Chocolate Workshop by Erik Houlihan-Jong

    Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 44% owned by cocoa farmers.
    While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.
    Erik is one of three Divine Chocolateers. 


    January 16th  The Spitfire by David Keen

    David, a former guide and lecturer at the Hendon RAF Museum, will talk about the  history of this iconic plane and the part it played in WWII

    February 20th    History of the Almshouses by Simon Smith

    Come and learn about the Jesus Hospital Charity established in 1679 (300 years before the formation of BNTA!) by James and Mary Ravenscroft. Many of the almshouses are in Barnet.

    March 20th  London Shopping: its history and stories behind the famous names 

    by Christine Jarvis, a London Blue Badge and City of London and Historic Royal Palaces Guide/Lecturer