The next meeting of the Society will be the Vivien Greene Memorial Lecture on April 15.
Dr Janina Ramirez will consider the nature and importance of bird symbolism in the middle ages.
This is a very appropriate subject for Iffleyites, as our largely Norman church, St Mary’s, is not only decorated with “beakheads” around the west door (which may or may not have anything to do with real birds) but visitors (with sharp) eyes will be able to discover much more naturalistic/realistic carving of birds if they go inside …
Members are reminded they need to collect or reserve a ticket for this April talk in advance.
As there is a legal limit to the number of people who can be seated in the Iffley Church hall, entrance is by ticket only. Current members of the Society can secure their ticket (there is no charge it is included in their subscription) in advance by contacting either our Secretary or our Membership Secretary. Their contact details are on the back of your membership card, and in the Iffley parish magazine.
Date for the Diary
The summer outing for 2014 will be an afternoon one, enjoying a guided visit to Rousham House and the, weather permitting!, a walk around the Gardens on 12 July. As William Kent was employed both inside and outside Rousham, members might like to squeeze in a visit the V&A exhibition William Kent : designing Georgian Britain next time they are in London. This will run from 22 March to 13 July 2014.
Details are currently being circulated to members either via e-mail or letter box.