Monday, 23 October 2017
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Tavira Railway StationPlease find details below of the October talks arrange by Algarve History Association.

Monday 16 at 6 pm in the Clube de Tavira and Tuesday 17 at 6 pm in the Municipal Library Lagoa, Regina Shrimpton will be giving a talk on Fake Objects. Regina was born in Brazil, did her B.A. in Liberal Arts (Writing) at Norwich University (USA), and her M.A. in Culture and Arts (Monotypes) at the University of the Algarve. She’s lived in six countries and enjoyed the art classes she took and all the books she read in each one. She threw parties at her home; one day she maxed at 163 guests.

Some experts say that there were 3 or 4 nails used to crucify Jesus.  However, there are 30 or so venerated Holy Nails scattered throughout Europe ...   She throws fewer parties these days, but her children have moved as far away as possible from her. In this presentation, Regina explores her interests in the sacred and the profane: separately, holy relics, Constantine the Great, and wine might not have much in common, but when there’s a fake relic, a fake decree, and lots of fake wine, it might turn into an adventure of discovery.

Tuesday 24 at 6 pm in the Municipal Library Lagoa, Peter Kingdon Booker and Carolyn Kain will be presenting the History of the Algarve Railway followed by the showing of the film Diesel Maiden. In a surprise move this summer, Lynne agreed to take part as an actress in the filming of Diesel Maiden. This short film (about 12 minutes) is based on the eponymous poem written by Carolyn Kain, and is also directed by Carolyn. Its story is a plea for the Algarve railway to become electrified, and the reason is that the diesel motors of the trains pollute the atmosphere.
The film features astonishing aerial drone photography by Miguel Cosme and also a number of amateur actors and actresses with Carolyn´s poem read as a voice over. If you love the Algarve and want to see a new view from the sky, and to hear Carolyn´s heartfelt plea against pollution, Diesel Maiden is a must see. The film is a short, and to make up the time, Peter has agreed to speak for a short time about the history of the railway in the Algarve. When was the line to Lisbon originally opened? How long did it take to build the Algarve branch? Who financed the construction? How did the Algarve railway connect with its sister branch in Spain? Peter will put the history of the Algarve branch line into perspective.

Friday 27 at 11 am in the Clube de Tavira Knut Myrer will be talking about The History of the Japanese Print and its Influence on European Art. Knut Myrer is an honorary member of the Norwegian Oriental Ceramic Society who has been staging exhibitions and talks on oriental arts since the early 1990s. He is the editor of a book on Oriental ceramics. He will be talking to us about the development of Japanese woodblock prints from the C17 until the mid C19. He will talk about artists such as Utamaro, Hokusai, Harunobu and Hiroshige. He will speak about the unique way these prints are crafted and about the impact of these works on artists such as Lautrec, Monet, Manet, van Gogh and the Norwegian painter Niolai Astrup who exhibited at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London in 2016.

Tuesday 31 at 6 pm in the Municipal Library Lagoa, Peter Kingdon Booker will be giving a talk about Balsa. He will answer such questions as: Was Tavira a Roman town? Or is it even older? Why is the old bridge called The Roman Bridge? Is it really that old? Peter addresses the history of this ancient town, and uncovers the surprising moves made by the town itself and he exposes the history of The Roman Bridge. Why was the Roman Empire interested in this part of Iberia?
He also examines the town of Balsa, and seeks to put it in its proper place in the context of Roman Iberia, discussing the local languages, the politics and the economics of Hispania Lusitania.

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