John Julius Norwich at the Royal Geographical Society

20 Apr 2016

Kirker Holidays

Kirker welcomed the inimitable John Julius Norwich to the Royal Geographical Society in London to speak at our annual spring lecture in aid of the Venice in Peril Fund. The 11th in the series of lectures was a sell-out success, with well over 600 guests filling the auditorium for a riveting talk on the subject of 'The Mediterranean' - a region which Lord Norwich know intimately and will form the focal point of his forthcoming book.

The mild spring evening allowed guests to enjoy a glass of prosecco on the terrace of the RGS, as well as in the elegant Main Hall and the famous Map Room, before the lecture. We then took our seats in the Ondaatje Theatre, and Kirker's Ted Wake introduced the lecture.

John Julius Norwich, a veteran historian, broadcaster and experienced traveller, gave an accomplished performance - dazzling the audience with a summary of more than 4,000 years of Mediterranean civilisation in just under an hour. Not only were we reminded of the fascinating conflicts and relationships between the great empires which grew up around this body of water, but the audience was kept thoroughly entertained with amusing anecdotes. A masterful blend of humour and history.

Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, Jonothan Keates, provided an illuminating insight into soem of the recent conservation work undertaken by the charity after the lecture. And we expect the amount raised to exceed £10,000 in total.

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