Royson Pike Lecture Series

An excellent series of lectures Organised by Elmbridge Borough Council, covering a wide range of topics

Fashion and FollyAfternoon Lecture by Jane Lewis
Date: Friday 13 January 2017
Venue: King George’s Hall (adjacent to Civic Centre)
Off High Street
KT10 9SD
Lecture Start Time: 1.30pm

Fashion and Folly – Elmbridge BC Royston Pike Lecture in Esher Surrey by Jane Lewis

People have done alarming and bizarre things over the years to enhance their beauty and be regarded as fashionable.

It may come as a surprise to know just how dangerous our ancestors’ clothes and makeup were and the extraordinary lengths they were prepared to go to just be ‘à la mode’.

Jane Lewis has been part of Surrey History Centre for over 15 years and has over 20 years’ experience working as a genealogist and is particularly interested in the study of historic costume.

About The Royson Pike Lecture Series

Edgar Royston Pike, formerly Chairman of the Esher Council, introduced the ‘Esher Library Lectures’ in the late sixties. In 1974, Elmbridge Borough Council changed the title of these lectures to the ‘Royston Pike Lectures’ in appreciation of his 20 years’ work on the Library Committee.
Now in their 42nd year the Royston Pike Lecture Series continues to attract audiences with its eclectic mix of subjects and speakers and the current series hopes to continue on the legacy set by its founder. This season will see the lectures held in several new Elmbridge venues as well as some old familiar ones.

Programme of lectures
  • Thursday 17 November, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames.
    The Tragedy of Pompeii: Living with Volcanoes by David Edwards     

  • Wednesday 14 December, 1.30pm
    St James’ Church Hall, Weybridge
    It’s a Wonderful Life 70th Anniversary by Pete Allen       

  • Friday 13 January, 7.30pm
    King George’s Hall, Esher
    Fashion and Folly by Jane Lewis     

  • Wednesday 22 February, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
    A Taste of Cornwall by Keith Holmes           

  • Wednesday 29 March, 7.30pm
    Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames
    Black Pond by Jessica Sarah Rinland and Dave Page        

  • Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm
    Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
    ‘The Life Story of Mandy Rice Davies’ by Terry Johnson

Most of the lectures will start at 7.30pm but this series also includes 2 afternoon lectures at 1.30pm.

For further information, contact Elmbridge Borough Council's Leisure & Cultural Services team.
Phone: 01372 474 568
or email
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