Calendar of Events: January – April 2017

Saturday 14th January 2017
Visit to Wolverhampton Art Gallery 11am – 1 pm

Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most radical and influential artists of the 20th century and a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. Our tour of the Lichtenstein exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery will be facilitated by Dr Andrew Yarnold, who has a doctorate in Fine Art History.

Venue, time and booking: Meet at the Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, (WV1 1DU) at about 11 am. The tour will commence at 11.30 sharp and will last for about an hour. Other exhibitions are available to view informally. There is a pleasant cafe. This event is free to members and £2.50 for guests. To book a place or request further information please contact: David Battin tel 01386 870159 or email

Saturday 4th February 2017
Talk: An introduction to Freud and Jung 2 – 4pm

One of Sigmund Freud’s central achievements was to demonstrate how unacceptable thoughts and feelings are repressed into the unconscious, from where they continue to exert a decisive influence over lives. Drawing on some literary examples, David Battin will give an introductory talk about how some key mental functions can be discerned in literature. No previous knowledge will be assumed.

Venue, time and booking: The venue is the church hall at St Peter’s Church, off Church Road, Harborne, Birmingham (B17 0BB). Start at 2pm. The event is free to both members and guests. Please contact: David Battin 01386 870159 or to reserve a place or obtain further information.

Saturday 25th February 2017
Visit to Birmingham Back to Backs 2pm

An atmospheric glimpse into the extraordinary lives of the ordinary people who lived in these 11 houses, built around a central courtyard. A guided tour will take us on a journey from 1840’s to 1970’s. For those who can not manage eight flights of steep and winding stairs, there is an alternative ground-floor tour at 2.15pm.

Venue, time and booking: The site is run by the National Trust, so bring your membership card if you have one. The address is 55 – 63 Hurst Street/50 – 54 Inge Street, Birmingham B5 4TE. Short walking distance from railway stations. Nearest car park is Arcadian Centre, Bromsgrove Street.

To book a place or request further information please contact: David Battin tel 01386 870159 or email

Saturday 11th March 2017
Visit to Gurdwara Temple, Smethwick

This is an opportunity to visit this impressive Sikh temple and learn more about this religion. The visit will take place in the morning. Full details, including the exact time, will be available and circulated in mid January. Charles Chadwick will anchor this event.

Saturday 1st April 2017
Performance: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Crescent Theatre 2.30pm

Based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, this play explores the dark side of human nature. Set in Victorian times, the production explores the struggle between good and evil, the conscious and the unconscious, morality and family relationships.

Venue, time, booking: Crescent Theatre, Brindley Place, 20 Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE. Matinee performance starting at 2.30pm. Tickets are subsidised at £10 for members £15 for guests. To book a ticket or request further information please contact: David Battin tel 01386 870159 or email

Over the spring and summer several visits are being planned. Further details will be circulated when arrangements have been agreed.