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Spring 2015 newsletter

The talks are at ‘die Brücke’ as usual. After most meetings we have tables reserved at a nearby restaurant.

These are our next events:
  • Start the year with English conversation

    Saturday, 24 January 2015, 18:00h

    … at the restaurant Goldener Ring on Burgplatz

    If you plan to come to this restaurant, please tell us by Thursday, 22 January 2015.

    Goldener Ring,
    Burgplatz, 40213 Düsseldorf

  • “As rare as stars in the morning”

    Saturday, 21 February 2015, 17:30h

    The Chinese ceramics collection of Sir Percival David (1892–1964)

    In the 1920s – a time of political changes in China – a young man travelled to Beijing to study the exquisite pieces of Chinese ceramics in the imperial collection. Captivated by the Chinese connoisseurship, he built up, over 40 years, a collection of finest porcelain and stoneware reflecting the taste of the imperial court from the Song to the Qing dynasties (10th–18th century) with their tantalizing glazes and perfect shapes. The illustrated talk by Dr Christina Kallieris shows objects from Sir Percival's collection, which is today on display in the British Museum in London.

  • London in literature

    Saturday, 14 March 2015, 17:30h

    London has been at the heart of British life from the earliest times and has often featured in literary texts. This illustrated talk by Dr Michael Heinze uses examples from different novels, short stories and other texts and shows how these descriptions relate to the London we know today.

  • William Morris, designer, poet and political campaigner

    Saturday, 18 April 2015, 17:30h

    Strongly influenced towards Socialism by the works of Ruskin and Charles Kingsley, Morris started “the Firm”, with contemporaries Rossetti, Maddox-Brown and Burn-Jones, to develop the decorative arts and bring beauty to the working man. Lesley Osborne-Dancila will take a look at some of the works of this leader of the Art & Crafts Movement.

  • A weekend walk around Cambridge

    Saturday, 09 May 2015, 17:30h

    Wendy Meenenga takes us with her on a walk around her home town, Cambridge. We will see many of the sights of Britain's second oldest university and hear some amusing anecdotes, as well as getting lots of useful information for a stay or visit in that beautiful city.

    In cooperation with the International Education Centre of the VHS Düsseldorf ‘Die Brücke’

    Vortragssaal,
    Kasernenstraße 6, 40213 Düsseldorf

  • The Städel collection: Not just Goethe's two left feet

    Saturday, 30 May 2015, 17:30h

    Rosemary Clegg gives an overview of the Städel collection in Frankfurt am Main and of how it became what it is today.

  • Armchair exercises and relaxation techniques

    Saturday, 13 June 2015, 17:30h

    Sonia Veldhuizen, an Australian who has been teaching yoga and relaxation techniques for over 25 years, will present a selection of practical ways to maintain flexibility while seated – particularly useful for people who work long hours on the computer.