Talks and Lectures

Talk Time

Every Tuesaday, 10am to 12noon

The Beaney Library Community Room

Free admission, drop in

These coffee and chat sessions discuss a wide range of topics and have occasional speakers.

Cornelius Johnson: Charles 1’s Forgotten Painter

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

Thursday 3 September, 6 - 7pm
The Learning Lab, The Beaney
Adults £4, Members £3. Advance booking required

To coincide with Professor Karen Hearn's curated exhibition of Cornelius Johnson's work at the National Portrait Gallery (running until Sept 13).

This talk will focus on Johnson's Kentish sitters and work in The Beaney collection and offer a fascinating insight into a painter who “has been so long in the shadows of art history” but whose “time has come”

Close to home - Photographing Kent's wildlife

Close to home: Photographing Kent's wildlife

Thursday 8 October, 6 - 7pm
The Learning Lab, The Beaney

Adults £4, Members £3. Advance booking required


Kent based professional nature photographer Robert Canis will be giving an enthralling and informative talk about photographing Kent's diverse wildlife. The event will feature amazing digital images, including night images of the marshes and coast of Kent, as well as keen insights and useful tips from Robert.

Bryan Faussett - Antiquary Extraordinary

Bryan Faussett - Antiquary Extraordinary

Thursday 15 October, 6:30-7:30pm
Community Room, The Beaney
Free Admission, advance booking required via library staff
To book email or call 03000 413131

Local historian, genealogist and author Dr David Wright talks about the life and career of Bryan Faussett, C18th antiquary and archaeologist who made many important discoveries in Kent. By 1776 he had amassed the world's greatest collection of Anglo-Saxon jewellery and antiquities, including the Kingston Brooch.

Bomber Command

Bomber Command

Thursday 29 October, 6:30-7:30pm, Community Room, The Beaney
£2, Advance booking required from library staff
To book email or call 03000 413131

A talk from author Tony Redding’s on the RAF Bomber Command's, including accounts from aircrew operating during the final months of the European conflict. Bombers survived flak hits; night fighter attacks; engine failures and collisions with clouds of incendiaries. Some were shot down and became prisoners; some murdered after safely bailing out over Germany.

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