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23 February 2021February Message from your Chairman

A newsletter was sent out today containing the following infomation:

Our March lecture would have been Christopher de Hamel on Medieval Illuminated Book of Hours.

Related to this 

  • SAL Public Lecture on Thomas Becket’s Library of Books.
  • BBC Newsnight Inside the mystery of medieval manuscripts

Both featuring Christopher.  He has also written many books on the subject, one in particular has beautiful illustrations.  "Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts"


  • PBS America Mark Twain’s Journey to Jerusalem: Dreamland
  • From EDFAS, "Revealing the Galloway Hoard" by Dr Martin Goldberg at National Museums Scotland. (This is as well as their usual March lecture).


  • Jules Verne’s Scotland by Ian Thompson. Verne visited Scotland in 1859!
  • First Contact: The Cult of Progress by David Olusoga   The first chapter on the capturing of the Benin Bronzes is very thought provoking!
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.  A fictional account of Shakespeare’s son who died age 11 in 1596.

‚ÄčThe committee meet again on 25 February and Area meet on 18 March.  (Both on Zoom!)  More news after that.


27 January 2021Volunteer from Home Project for the Royal Philatelic Society London.

The Royal Philatelic Society has an ongoing project to make archived material that it holds available online for research purposes, and would like us to help with this. The RPSL houses a vast archive, included in which are the records of the Perkins Bacon Company which was established in 1828 as a Security printer. They printed a large range of secure paper items such as bank notes and stamps, including the famous Penny Black.

More details can be found on the Heritage Volunteers page of this website

16 January 2021A virtual tour of the Banqueting Hall at Whithall


The Edinburgh Branch of the Arts Society invites you to

a Virtual Tour of the Banqueting House in Whitehall

on Thursday 21st January at 6pm. 

The Banqueting House was designed by Inigo Jones and built by James VI and celebrates the union of the crowns.  His son, Charles I, who completed the building and decoration of the Banqueting House, was executed there on 30th January 1649.  It was constructed for elaborate entertaining and is important in the history of British architecture as it was the first building in the neo-classical style.  The Banqueting House is now closed to the public and we will visit from the comfort of our own homes.  Siobhan will explore the architecture, the constitutional history, show us the magnificent Rubens ceiling – and explain how the English Parliament dared to kill a king.

Siobhan Clarke is a lecturer and historian. She has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for 20 years.  She is based at Hampton Court Palace but also lectures on Kensington Palace, the Tower of London and the Banqueting House.  Her wide experience includes lecturing for universities, travel companies, Cunard and other cruises and she featured on television in ‘Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace”.   She has published a number of books on the Tudor period and her next book, ‘King and Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship’ will be published by History Press in March.

 If you wish to attend, please contact

Kati Byrne at programmes@tasla.org.uk,

and send your payment by bank transfer or cheque directly to EDFAS - details are given below. You will then be sent a link to the lecture by email.

This event is in addition to our lecture programme and there is a charge to cover the costs.

Tickets are £5 by bank transfer and £5.60 by cheque (we now have to pay 60p for every cheque we pay into the bank).

Please pay by bank transfer to:
                    Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society
                    Account No:  00060655
                    Sort Code:     40-52-40

or by cheque payable to EDFAS: Mrs Nina Mair, Treasurer, EDFAS, 17 India Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HE

16 December 2020Friday Lunchtime Concert on Radio 3.

INVITATION from Graham Griffiths

Graham was scheduled for the lecture last June on Leokadiya Kasperova, click in his name for some biographic details.

You are cordially invited to listen to a short concert on Radio 3.

The concert will feature a beautiful and newly-discovered composition by Leokadiya Kashperova, Russia’s foremost woman composer. (She was Stravinsky’s most important piano teacher, 1899-1901.)

     FRIDAY, 18th DECEMBER, on Radio 3.

     Lunchtime Concert, starts at 1, ends at 2.

  The Gould Piano Trio will perform two works: 

  • Schubert, Piano Trio in Bb 
  • Kashperova, Piano Trio in A minor.

Graham located the unfinished score of this beautiful music by Kashperova in Moscow last year in a bundle of old manuscript pages. To his amazement, he realised that Kashperova had been composing a Piano Trio - secretly, of course: her Romantic music was out of favour with the Soviet authorities. Pretty much all four movements were completed when Kashperova died in 1940. It is a miracle that the pencil sketches survived at all.

Realising the significance of this discovery, the directors of the Russian National Museum of Music granted Graham permission to complete the work, an almost unprecedented gesture of support for a non-Russian music researcher, and to prepare the work for publication by Boosey & Hawkes.

See: www.boosey.com/kashperova

P.S. Many colleagues in Russia will also be tuning in, via the Radio 3 link, to witness history being made – for this will be the trio’s very first performance.


06 December 2020Newsletter on its way

No banner in this Newsletter, Just a christmas image, designed specially for you by our very own Dorothy Whitaker.

Wishing you all a very happy Chrismas and a Peaceful New Year from Patty and the Committee.

05 December 2020Book suggestions from Patty

  •  Sacred Lives:An account of the history, cultural associations and social impact of epilepsy by Ian Bone (This is our Ian Bone, not the Australian Author who wrote "Fat boys saved the world"!)

Several of the chapters deal with how epilepsy is presented in Art, Writing, Cinema, music and theatre. All royalties go to charity - the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre.

  • Masters of Deception by Douglas R Hofstadter

Astonishing creations by masters of the art, such as Escher, Dali, and Archimbolo; amazing visual trickery. (available at Waterstones).

  • The Art History of Scotland by Lachlan Goudie.

(available at the Scandinavian Shop)

  • Timelines of Everything: From woolly mammoths to world wars.

DK Books. For ages 10 to 100!

05 December 2020A couple of on-line viewings you might like

Our December lecture would have been

"The Art of Royal Dress - Why Clothes Matter" by Kate Stasdin.

With that in mind Patty has found a film on You Tube.

  Voices on Art - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"Rifling through the Royal Wardrobe. From theTudors to the Windsors"


The next EDFAS is on-line Lecture on December 8th

Artemisia Gentileschi: Daughter of Rome, Painter of Europe

Contact Kati @ kati.svehla@gmail.com if you want to watch and haven’t already signed up.


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