Talks Subjects

Architectural Histories


Talks in this section include studies of the origins and spread of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and a history of the Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace.

Architecture Talks

British Musical Theatre


A series of talks on the development of British Musical Theatre, including among others the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, Lionel Monckton, Noel Coward and Ivor Novello.  

Musical Theatre Talks

Theatre & Entertainment


Topics covered include the history of stage design; the story and origins of that peculiarly British entertainment, pantomime; and a look at seaside entertainment from bathing machines to End of the Pier shows.

Theatre Talks

Musical Biographies


Biographies of composers illustrated with both pictures and musical examples.  Composers include Offenbach, Strauss, Sullivan, Sousa and Lehar.

Musical Biographies

The Golden Age of Operetta


Two series of talks that look at the origins and rise of French and Viennese operetta, with many sparkling musical examples from operetta's golden age.

Operetta Talks

Transport Histories


Includes general histories of trams and other forms of transport, as well as histories of particular systems, such as the cable cars of San Francisco and the famous yellow trams of Lisbon.

Transport Talks