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 £8 - 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.

   Member’s spouses and partners are always very welcome to join us. Members can bring one guest at member’s price to any Tuesday Talk  provided they register their guest’s name and pay for them at the time of booking.  Later bookings for guests will be charged at non members price.

TUESDAY TALKS SPRING 2019

Tuesday 15th January -    Tyler Butterworth

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Tyler Butterworth followed his parents into the theatre and spent twenty five years as an actor appearing in many television programmes including The Darling Buds of May, Rumpole, Bergerac, Last of the Summer Wine and Casualty. He is now an audio producer, creating audio guides to cities round the world for private clients. He is married to the actress Janet Dibley and they live in the South Downs National Park in East Sussex.  With classic clips and rare family photographs, Tyler Butterworth relates the extraordinary true story of his father's war years and early theatrical experiences which directly led to his success as a Carry On star. Tyler talks too about his parent's marriage, as his mother, the impressionist Janet Brown, became famous for her uncanny portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.


Tuesday  22nd January -   Stoll   (The Stoll Foundation for veterans)

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Stoll is a Veteran’s charity which has been housing and helping disabled and vulnerable Veterans for over 100 years. Sir Oswald Stoll was a theatre impresario and philanthropist. After some tough early years, he joined with Moss and Thornton to create Moss Empires in 1900, eventually opening 28 “Empires”, including the iconic London Hippodrome and Coliseum, which staged the first Royal Variety Shows in 1912. When British troops returned home from WWI with physical and mental injury, Sir Oswald was at the forefront of the debate of how best to support returning wounded Veterans.  Today,  Stoll is the leading provider of supported housing to vulnerable and disabled Veterans.  Stoll's  work enables Veterans to lead fulfilling, independent lives.

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Tuesday   5th February -   ‘What price imprisonment?’, 

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General David John Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham GCB, CBE is a retired British Army officer, who served as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. He was awarded a life peerage in 2005, and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.  

His talk will encompass his life in the Army and the surprise he felt when invited to become Chief Inspector of Prisons.   Lord Ramsbotham has advised every Secretary of State and Prison Ministers of the need for proper management of the different types of prisons and for the Prison Service to be responsible and accountable for what happens inside!  He believes in building self-esteem as part of the rehabilitation of offenders and has criticised various governments for ignoring recent reviews. Lord Ramsbotham will discuss the social as well as the financial cost of not getting it right.

Tuesday  5th March - The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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Gill Perkins has been an enthusiastic conservationist from a young age, starting as a volunteer, an ecologist for the Lake District Special Planning Board with the highlight of her early career, counting puffins for the Icelandic National Park (there were about a quarter of a million).  After a career in business and a sabbatical in Borneo,  Gill is now CEO for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and as such has found the perfect channel through which to promote her passion for bumblebees and their protection. Gill will give an inspiring and entertaining talk on these special insects  and explain why their numbers have so sharply declined in recent years with two species becoming extinct and what can be done to help reverse their decline.

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Tuesday  19th March -  ‘Fake or Fortune: case studies of my own.’

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The Art world is full of intrigue.  The excitement on discovering a treasure is indescribable.  However, the excitement can be cut short, when there is insufficient evidence or documentation to prove title, provenance and authenticity. Kristina Sanne shares with us a few of her experiences, the delights of proving an artwork is right and the frustrations experienced when an artwork is deemed unsaleable. Kristina Sanne worked in the Islamic department at Christie’s for a year where she carried out research on the Vincent Bulent Collection of Iznik Pottery before moving on to join the Islamic and Indian Art department at Bonhams Auctioneers where she became Head of Department. In 2011 Kristina Kristina left in order to set up her own art advisory services providing clients with a more transparent view on the Iznik art market.

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Tuesday  2nd April -   Alison Van Der Lande

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English designer, Alison Van der Lande launched her label when she couldn’t find the dream weekend bag she was looking for. With a background in PR and marketing, Alison spent time researching and developing the concept. The first collection was launched in 2004 and her award winning first handbag collection launched in 2006. A luxury sports collection followed, with a range of brightly coloured tennis and golf bags, for both men and women.  Her celebrity fans span Hollywood, New York and London – and bespoke commissions include a 007 Casino Royal special. Alison first came to speak to the London Ladies Club in 2011 and will keep us updated with all her news and the progression of her handbags journey.


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SUMMER 2019 PREVIEW

Tuesday 30th April

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Dior, Designer of Dreams

To coincide with the blockbuster exhibition “Dior, Designer of Dreams” at the V & A and as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration, this  special talk will be followed by a cold buffet lunch in the adjoining room at the Army & Navy Club. 

Our distinguished speaker,  Anne Haworth regularly lectures at the Victoria and Albert Museum and is an accredited Arts Society lecturer.  She is a visiting lecturer at The British Museum, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery  and a current lecturer at the Queen’s Gallery. She has lectured for SOAS, Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute. She gave gallery talks in the exhibition ‘China; The Three Emperors’, at the Royal Academy. She has lectured on William Morris for the British Council in Moscow.  From 1981 to 1995, she was a specialist in European and Asian ceramics at the head offices of first, Bonham’s and then Christie’s.

Talk priced as usual.  Members £8 - Non Members £15. To join us for lunch, see details and price in the External Events and add to the talk price.

Tuesday 14th May    Anna Raeburn - Adventures in Medialand

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Anna Raeburn fell into her first national journalistic job after hours of interview without hope. She began as an adviser in print (Woman magazine) and on air (original format Capital Radio) almost simultaneously. Since then, she has written and broadcast widely, co-written for TV, voiced over, spoken in public, won a Gold Sony, published one novel and a memoir.  She remains deeply grateful to the principal of her secretarial college and her parents.


Tuesday 28th May  - “The future of hearing”

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Bill Clinton, Beethoven, Pete Townshend and Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the famous people you may have not realised have suffered with hearing loss, but the truth is there are millions of people around the world dealing with hearing problems. With technology improving at an exponential rate, hearing aids can be designed for a person’s life style, adjust automatically, or even incorporate AI technology. Scott Drummond has worked at the Bupa Cromwell hospital in Kensington for 10 years as lead audiologist and is also director at Drummond hearing. He gives his personal insights into hearing loss, new technology, how this technology could solve the hearing crisis and how it can help the ever increasing hard of hearing population, hear again.



Tuesday 11th June  Oliver Sells QC : Life at the Old Bailey.

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Oliver Sells QC was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1972 and  is a practising Queen's Counsel now specialising in advising governments both here and overseas on public policy in criminal justice. For many years he prosecuted serious crime on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

He has sat at the Old Bailey as a Recorder for over two decades and will talk about life at that iconic court, the links with the City of London  and the changes in the justice system over the last four decades.

Tuesday 25th June 

 The Quest for Frank Wild  - Sir Ernest Shackleton’s right-hand man.

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Angie Butler tells the extraordinary story of how she spent eight years  trying to piece together the last 16 years of  Frank Wild’s life in South Africa. Wild  was  Sir Ernest Shackleton’s right hand man.  In 1922, after the death of Shackleton  he emigrated to South Africa and his reputation as a drifter and a drinker eclipsed his fame as one of the greatest polar explorers. In short, Frank Wild became lost both in life and in death until Angie Butler discovered the truth. 

Angie Butler is co-director of Ice Tracks Expeditions a travel company that ventures to the Arctic & Antarctica. She lives in Warwickshire with her husband the sculptor James Butler and is the mother of four daughter

Tuesday 2nd July   - Diamonds are Forever.

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Geologist and Diamond expert Alessandro Borruso, Deputy Director of Sotheby’s Diamonds Europe, is passionate about Diamonds and has over twenty years experience in the Diamond industry.  He travels for Sotheby's all over the world, both for private clients as well as attending the big auction houses. Mr Borruso has already enthralled a number of us on our exclusive visit to Sotheby's Diamonds. Join us as he  takes us on a Journey of Light from the dark depth of Mother Earth to the life and fire of a polished diamond.

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