The Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place
promptly at10.30 on
Monday, 18 March at the Ellendune Centre, Wroughton.
Coffee will be served from 10.00.
This will be followed at 11.00 by the monthly lecture:
This is one of the most remarkable of the world’s great cities.
Founded over 300 years ago on bleak marshland, it is a testimony to
Peter’s the Great’s attemptto raise Russia to the level of
a leading European imperial and naval power
in the space of a generation.
Through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the city was enriched
with sumptuous palaces and churches.
This lecture will tell the story of this great city
from its creation to the twentieth century,
when - newly renamed Leningrad - the city witnessed both the
Communist Revolution and the bitter Nazi Siege.
Since 1991 the city has been renamed St. Petersburg and many
of its iconic buildings carefully restored to their former glory.
in Russian art and history.
He was a curator at the V and A.
He regularly leads tours to Russia, the Caucasus Republics,
Turkey and Crete - all part of the Orthodox world.