Lectures are in the Play House: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.
Thursday 18 April 2019
Aqua Triumphalis: Power and Pageantry on the Thames
From the mid fifteenth century the River Thames has been an important and colourful part of the national story. This lecture covers paintings from the Tudor Age to the present day. It has been the inspiration for artists and architects, including Canaletto, Dore, Kent, Turner and Wren. It has also been the stage for royal ritual, cheerful and solemn river pageants, palaces and pleasure gardens and the ceremonial barges of the City of London Livery Companies and the Crown.
Peter specialises in naval, maritime and polar history. He is an author, historian, a recognised authority on Admiral Lord Nelson and a high profile event organiser. In 2012 he arranged the manpowered squadron of the Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant and the Thames Olympic torch relay. He chairs the 1805 Club which has many past achievements and is currently working on Thames Alive which is re-introducing pageantry to the River Thames.