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Arts Society Events

01 Jan

Every year we hold a series of events showcasing the works and life of some of society's great artistic individuals. Please see the information below to find out about the upcoming events in 2019. 

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925)

Tuesday 21 May 2019 - 7.30pm

Former Princethorpe Foundation Archivist, Dr Nick Baker, returns to present another illustrated talk Sir Henry Rider Haggard: Storyteller, Politician and Country Gentleman.

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was only one of many extraordinary Victorians who straddled many different lives. Inspired by his first-hand experiences of Africa, he went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time, specialising in ‘Lost World’ literature. Works such as King Solomon’s Mines and She communicated stories of lost civilisations in far off lands, and brought much needed escapism to a reading public. He did not limit himself to tales set in Africa, but also wrote about the Vikings in Iceland. Many of these stories have since been transformed into successful films. Who can forget Ursula Andress as ‘She who must be obeyed’ in the Hammer film of the same name? Haggard did more than simply feed the popular imagination. He was deeply concerned with the countryside, especially the farming communities in Norfolk, and argued for a more serious approach to Britain’s agriculture as the clouds of the First World War appeared on the horizon.

This illustrated talk will examine Haggard’s early life in Africa, and loves lost, to show how they shaped his literary output. We will also consider his close friendships with other notable individuals, such as Rudyard Kipling. A display of first editions and signed material will also be on display.

Please click here for booking form.

Organ Recital

Tuesday 2 July 2019 - 7.30pm

In the Chapel Tim Campain will play a wide variety of pieces from various genres on the renowned Princethorpe Binns’ organ of 1901. This year promises a special programme to mark twenty-five years of the popular Hugh Page Memorial Organ Recitals.

Please click here for a booking form.

If you wish to reserve seats please email Loretta Curtis, Development Assistant, at lorettacurtis@princethorpe.co.uk or Alex Darkes, Assistant Head, at alexdarkes@princethorpe.co.uk or use the booking forms at for each of the evenings - thank you.

Tickets - £5.00 for each of the events including refreshments. All Foundation pupils free of charge.

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