The Friends of Markenfield put on four Events each year – the AGM each April, followed by a series of lectures spread throughout the summer and autumn.
All are welcome to attend the events (but only members may attend the AGM). Over the past few years, The Friends have put on a number of highly entertaining, as well as highly educational, events.
This year, the AGM began proceedings with the entertainment being provided by Lord Norwich – the President of The Friends, who spoke eloquently and entertainingly on the subject of France, his latest – and last – book. The Great Hall was packed to capacity with Members of The Friends who thoroughly enjoyed The Friends’ President’s spirited lecture on the subject closest to his heart.
Sadly this proved to be Lord Norwich’s last ever lecture, as his death was announced just six weeks later. More can be read on his life in the latest newsletter HERE.
The Friends lecture series this year includes:
HANNAH PHILLIP on GEORGIANS & THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE
An evening with Hannah Phillip – Director of York’s Fairfax House – whilst she delves into the tempting array of decadent activities and pleasurable pursuits of Georgian Society… catering for all tastes and predilections, sometimes challenging the notions of what ‘polite’ entertainment encompassed in the
DR CRISTINA FIGUEREDO on PILGRIMAGE & SIR THOMAS MARKENFIELD
It has long been known that Sir Thomas Markenfield made a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 1560s. On 14 June 1566 Sir Thomas was admitted to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre – to become a member of the Order was considered by Roman Catholics to be an honour worth more than any knighthood conferred by their own Sovereign. The Hall still owns his warrant – sealed with the seal of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – which he carried home. In this talk, Cristina Figueredo will discuss the history of Pilgrimage as well as Sir Thomas’s motivation, the route he took and his experiences along the way.
DR SUSIE HARRIES on PEVSNER IN YORKSHIRE
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner was the author of 32 of The Buildings of England guides. Astonishingly, most of the tours were undertaken during periods of a few weeks only, in variously unreliable cars driven by his wife and a succession of assistants. He received a modest salary and minimal expenses and didn’t take a royalty on a single volume until 1974, when the books
finally went into profit. NADFAS lecturer Dr Susie Harries spent 20 years researching her biography of Pevsner, and will share her insights in this lecture on the man his mission and his work in God’s own country.