Forthcoming Exmoor DFAS Events

Special Interest Day



The Romanovs - Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia 

with Douglas Skeggs

This special interest day will follow the course of this hard, determined, often brutal dynasty who ruled Russia for over three hundred years, from Peter the Great, the founder of St Petersburg, through his eccentric daughter Elizabeth, to Catherine the Great, the most powerful of all the Empresses of Russia who had no real claim to the throne, and on to the tragic figure of Nicholas II, the last Tsar and one

of the most poignant figures in history whose death in a cellar in Ekaterinburg ended the reign of this turbulent and ill-fated family. Fine art illustrations will help bring the dramatic events to life.

Lecture 1: “The Blaspheming Bear” The life of Peter the Great

Lecture 2: “The New Byzantium” Russia at the time of Catherine the Great

Lecture 3: “The Last Romanovs” The life and death of Nicholas and Alexandra.

Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College Cambridge and has been a lecturer on paintings since 1980. He was the director of ‘The New Academy of Art Studies’ for three years and is presently a regular lecturer at ‘The Study Centre’, ‘Christie’s’ course ‘The History of Art Studies’ and other London courses. He helped set up the Abercrombie

& Kent “Private Label tours” and is presently cultural adviser to Ultimate travel. He has written and presented various TV documentaries, notably the Omnibus programme on ‘Whistler’ and the exhibition video on ‘William Morris. He is also a painter and author.

The day (to be held at Brushford Village Hall) will start at 10.45 (coffee from 10.15am) and close at 3.15pm. The cost will be £25 per person.

A booking form which includes further details is attached below


Tour to Norfolk 

A tour to Norfolk is being arranged for June 2018 and details will be available in late 2017.

Please contact Daphne Chidwick for details if you are interested in joining this tour 
on 01398 331860 or 



Please contact Jenny Mew for details of the next visit 
on 01398 331434 or

Sarah Merchant,
5 Sep 2017, 07:27