Natural & Human History within the Local Commons – Lecture & Film About Black Pond Esher

Royson Pike Lecture Series

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

Through Film – Exploring Natural and Human History within the Local Commons

Lecture by Jessica Sarah Rinland and Dave Page

Date: Wednesday 29 March 2017

Venue: Cecil Hepworth Playhouse,
Bridge Street, Hurst Grove,
Surrey, KT12 1AU

Lecture Start Time: 7.30pm

Lecture & Film About Black Pond Esher - Elmbridge Royston Pike Lecture in Walton on Thames by Jessica Sarah Rinland & Dave Page
The Esher Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest is still home to some remarkable and rare wildlife. Young dynamic local filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland takes a fresh look at Elmbridge Borough Council’s Commons through her forthcoming film ‘Black Pond’, a two year project made in close collaboration with Countryside Estates Officer Dave Page and Elmbridge Natural History Society members.

The film originates with two photographs of a young boy taken in the summer and winter of 1939 at Black Pond, Surrey. Using archive photographs, maps, aerial surveys, infrared photographs and filmed event of recent felling, the film explores human’s relationship with and within landscape and nature.

Together with excerpts from ‘Black Pond’, this lecture will explore not only how these wild places and species provide a window into our past but also our own interactions with nature. Jessica Sarah Rinland is an artist-filmmaker whose work was shown internationally, winning numerous awards. Natural history, science and the use of celluloid are her recurring themes. She won the ICA Award for Best Experimental Film for ‘Electric Oil’ at the 2013 London Short Film Festival.

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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