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These weekly, 30-minute tours and talks – devised to appeal to novice and more knowledgeable visitor alike – are devised to introduce you to individual works, aspects and themes from our collections, and displays and exhibitions.



9 January

The Barbizon School

Jill Ambler, Gallery Guide

16 January

Surveying the Landscape: From the Mind of God to the Experience of Man

Malcolm O’Kelly, Gallery Guide

23 January

Introduction to ‘The Artist in Art’

Rosie Smith, Collections Intern

30 January

The Age of Miracles

John Southall, Gallery Guide



6 February

Outstanding Barber Picture Frames Part 1 (1300 – 1750)

Tim Newbery, Historian of Picture Frames

13 February (LQBT History Month Special)

Gender, Sexuality and Ambiguity

Alex Jolly, Learning and Engagement Assistant

20 February

Introduction to ‘The Rhythm of Light’

Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator

27 February

Introduction to ‘Working with Colour’

Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator, and Alex Jolly, Learning and Engagement Assistant



6 March

Around the World in Five Objects

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide

13 March (Arts and Science Festival)

Beauty of the Banal: Realism and Still life

Malcolm O’Kelly, Gallery Guide

20 March

Introduction to ‘Sir Joshua Reynolds: Artist and Collector’

Robert Wenley, Deputy Director

27 March

Working Women

Ann Darnton, Gallery Guide



3 April

The Window to the Soul: Eyes in Art

Jennifer Young, Gallery Guide

10 April

A Taste of the Barbers

Barbara Fogarty, Gallery Guide

17 April

Introduction to ‘The Last Roman’

Maria Vrij, Coin Curator

24 April

Outstanding Barber Picture Frames Part 2 (1750 onwards)

Tim Newbery, Historian of Picture Frames


Lightning Talks

Wednesday 7 March, 2 - 4pm

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Categories and Caterpillars: Creepy Crawlies of the 1600s

Arts & Science Festival Talk

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