November 2017

The Strange Case of Graham Greene and Alfred Hitchcock – A Comparison

Professor Neil  Sinyard

The writer-director Neil Jordan once described the novelist Graham Greene and the film-maker Alfred Hitchcock as “the two poets of English criminality and bad conscience.” This talk will explore some intriguing thematic, critical, biographical, and even religious connections between Greene and Hitchcock.

Following a stint as Deputy Film Critic of the Sunday Telegraph, Neil founded the Hull University Film Studies Department in 1999. He has written 25 books and published numerous articles and reviews in international film journals.

7th Nov

Stepping into the World of Horology

Adam Wasdell

Adam will introduce us to the development of clocks from the 17th century to the modern day wristwatch. He will enlighten us on such things as ‘How to spot a fake Rolex’ and information relating to other makes.

Adam first joined Christie's in South Kensington, assisting in cataloguing and valuing international items and attending auctions in Geneva.  Now with Tennants Auctioneers, specialising in horology, he is involved in the valuation and sale of private collections.

14th Nov

Rolled up Trouser Legs (Freemasonry Unwrapped)

Jeff Gillyon

eff’s talk will endeavour to explain the history of freemasonry, dispel the myths attached to it, provide details of famous masons and explore the proven links with both Literary & Philosophical Societies and the city of Kingston-upon-Hull.  Five monarchs have been members of the Order, the most recent being King George VI, the father of our present Queen.

A Freemason for more than 40 years, Jeff was appointed Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of Yorkshire North & East Ridings by The Grand Master, HRH the Duke of Kent, in 2013.


21st Nov

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