Venue for all study days: Village Hall, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0JJ. There is free car parking at the venue. For further information, go to:

Date: Thursday 24th October 2019

Title: The changing face of fashion

Speaker:  Andrew Prince

Andrew will take us through jewellery and fashion between 1890 and 1929 – Downton to Gatsby. Andrew was commissioned to make many jewels for the main characters in these productions. He will guide us through this period where great Couturiers collaborated with the finest jewellers to produce jewels of outstanding quality and glittering opulence. Moving on to the Glamour Years of Cinema and Hollywood, 1929 – 1959, Andrew will discuss various screen goddesses, from Dietrich to Grace Kelly; how they were portrayed and what they wore to such dazzling effect. Finally, Andrew will tell us about his career in jewellery making and will have original pieces of jewellery for us to enjoy at close quarters. Andrew was commissioned by the V&A in 2002 to make a collection to accompany ‘Tiaras, Past and Present’, in 2005 to provide jewellery for ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’ before being commissioned to supply a large collection for ‘Downton Abbey’ in 2012.


Date: Thursday 20th February 2020

Title: The magnificent Maya – fact and fantasy

Speaker: Dr. Diane Davies

Diane is an archaeologist who specialises in the Ancient Maya – a civilisation little known about in the UK. At our Study Day Diane will discuss the major achievements of the Maya as well as pointing out the common misunderstandings we have of this remarkable civilisation. The Maya created one of the most sophisticated civilisations in the ancient world. Their achievements in the arts and sciences, along with the complex social, political and economic systems, make them one of the most remarkable culture groups in the pre-Columbian Americas. These people brought us an intricate calendar system, complex hieroglyphic writing, some of the largest pyramids in the world, a form of ball game that was like no other and – most importantly – chocolate!