We hold our  Tuesday morning talks in the beautiful Ladies' Drawing room at the Army & Navy Club. Our talks cover a wide range of topics and are always a great opportunity to regularly see friends  and meet new people.                                                Please refer to the programme below for the dates.

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TUESDAYS AT The Rag

         In the Ladies' Drawing Room, The Army & Navy Club , 36 – 39 Pall Mall , London SW1Y 5JN

10.30 am for a 11.00 am start

Members £10 - Non Members £15

         In the Ladies' Drawing Room, The Army & Navy Club , 36 – 39 Pall Mall , London SW1Y 5JN                                                                 

Bookings for talks must be received the Friday before the talk at the very latest .                                                                                    Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served before the talk, which starts at 11.00 a.m. and lasts about one hour.

 The London Ladies Club does not endorse the views of the speakers. Tickets are not sent out for the talks unless specifically requested and only if a s.a.e is enclosed . Tuesday Talks are transferable to another date but non refundable.

We are pleased to welcome members of the Rag to our Tuesday Talks at the member’s price of £10. Member’s spouses and partners are always very welcome to join us.


AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2019

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Tuesday 17th September   :  Dickie & Edwina: The Lives and Loves of the Mountbattens

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Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979) is one of the major British historical figures of the twentieth century. His biography cannot be told without also examining that of his wife Edwina, the richest heiress in the world when they married, whose aimless pre-war life of multiple lovers found new purpose during World War Two and afterwards with her humanitarian work. Andrew Lownie has written the first joint biography providing a dual portrait of two of the most glamorous figures of their time. It is a study of a marriage which, whilst beset with infidelities, was a loving one where each needed the other.

Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, before studying for a Masters and Doctorate in history at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former Cambridge history fellow, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. He has written for numerous papers and magazines,  his books include lives of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess. Stalin’s Englishman was a Book/Biography of the Year in the Times.

Tuesday 1st October    : Divine Conception. The Art of the Annunciation

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Depicted in mediums from paintings and illuminated manuscripts to mosaics and wall paintings, The Annunciation has inspired generations of artists. Journalist and writer Sarah Drummond’s special interests are the history of Art and education. Married to an Art Historian and Art dealer, she studied History of Art in Paris, at the Courtauld and later at Birkbeck College. As a journalist she was a fashion editor before becoming a free-lance features writer (The Times, the Evening Standard, Architectural Digest, the Observer, Harpers & Queen magazine). Divine Conception. The Art of the Annunciation is the result of a life-long interest in the subject, and explores the challenge posed to artists: How to evoke the divine in the human? How to convey the invisible in the visible? Book signing. 

Tuesday 15th October   :  Michael Coveney -  Confessions of an Accidental Critic: A Life in Theatres. 

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Michael Coveney was the editor of Plays and Players and  successively, over 40 years, chief theatre critic on the Financial Times, the Observer, the Daily Mail and Whatsonstage.com. His books include a history of the Glasgow Citizens and critical biographies of Maggie Smith, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mike Leigh, and Ken Campbell. His most recent book is a sumptuous history – with photographs by Peter Dazeley – of London Theatres, he is currently writing a definitive book about the amateur theatre in the UK. Tales of frantic first nights, glamorous encounters – with Ken Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Tom Hiddleston – and other disasters. His life in books encompasses intimate dealings with Andrew Lloyd Webber, film director Mike Leigh, and the one and only Dame Maggie Smith…who pretended he wasn’t writing her biography and then said how odd it was to have lunch with someone who knew more about her than she did.


Tuesday 22nd October   -  Bites, Barks and Best Friends

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Jon Brown MBE has spent 40 years training military working dogs and on operational deployments with them.  He started his career within the RAF Police.  His duties ranged from Nuclear Security,  Air Transport Security and Traffic Police specialising in military working dogs.  During this time, Jon led the RAF Police Dog Demonstration team and trained military working dogs for all operational theatres, deploying throughout the ranks.  Jon was a military working dog instructor at the Joint Services Dog Training School at Melton Mowbray for ten years and for the last twenty years, Jon has been training arms explosives search and human tracking dogs.  Jon is the recognised Expert within this field in the UK.


Tuesday 12th November   In the Library - George IV and Queen Caroline - a Marriage made in Hell.

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Timothy Millet is an Art Dealer specialising in historical medals and works of Art. He exhibits at many of the major antiques Fairs in London including the British Antiques dealers Association Fair in Chelsea. With 2020 marking the 200th Anniversary of the Divorce Trial in the House of Lords brought by George IV against his wife. Timothy discuses the background of how George IV and Queen Caroline came to be married and also the infamous divorce trial which kept everyone entertained, whilst newspaper circulation soared. This talk is illustrated with images of items owned by Mr Millett over the years. 

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Tuesday 26th November : A fascination with Jewellery.

Clint Jack founded Blackamoor, based on the principal of high-quality service.  He has a wealth of experience within the high jewellery sector, locating some rare and unique pieces and delivering tailor-made services for clients.   

Blackamoor and partners provide expertise in various arenas: fine and high jewellery, diamonds, precious gemstones, works of art, sculpture, bronze, vintage time pieces, and decorative art, where Clint Jack has key access to unique pieces giving provenance and certification of the items being sourced. Clint is known to have a flair for matching the style and personality of his clients with carefully selected items of jewellery rather than settling generic pieces. His talk will focus or Art Deco jewellery with a nod to the 1950’s and 60’s.

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