We have a varied selection of lectures in the current season covering many different aspects of Georgian society and culture. These are being held in a new venue for the society, at the Friargate Quaker Meeting House, whose own history stretches back to 1673 though the building itself is modern. This will make it much easier to socialise with tea and coffee available, and it is readily accessible to public transport. Lectures are open to everyone, though we do ask for a donation from non-members.
The York Georgian Society heard with sadness the news of the death of Ian Small, our former Chairman, on 29 October, after a short illness. Ian's service to the Society and his enthusiasm for every aspect of its work will long be remembered. Ian was headmaster of Bootham School 1988-2004 and the school has published a short appreciation on its website.
David Hopkins, Professor Emeritus of English Literature, University of Bristol, will suggest that though we may disagree with Johnson on particular points of Shakespearian interpretation, this will seldom be simply because his larger assumptions are outmoded and merely of their time. Indeed, he will argue that some of Johnson’s most controversial remarks can serve as a welcome challenge to rarely-questioned present-day orthodoxies concerning Shakespeare.
Lectures are now in Friargate Quaker Meeting House in York's city centre.
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It will be followed by the presentation of the annual Patrick Nuttgens Award and a lecture by Martin Myrone from Tate Britain on William Etty and the Royal Academy.