People who Changed the World: A New Series of Tuesday Morning Lectures for 2014

Chair and Convener of the annual Contextual Lecture Series at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dr Kenneth Wolfe, is interviewed by Lettie Mckie, the Gallery’s Educational Public Programme Manager, about People who Changed the World.


A fascinating new series of lectures at Dulwich Picture Gallery is now open for booking; People who Changed the World. These Tuesday morning lectures will present some of the world’s most influential people in a new light. These talks will explore the lives of key figures in history, politics, philosophy and religion as well as some of those who made ground breaking innovations in science and technology.

We caught up with chairman and convener of the series Dr Kenneth Wolfe to tell us more about it.

Tell us the idea behind the new lecture series due to start at DPG on 11th Feb 2014?

‘The series will provide detailed and scholarly insights into those various figures who have shaped modern society, against which background, so much art is undertaken’

What topics and lecturers can people expect to see in this series?

‘Pre-eminent specialists will explore a diverse range of topics including Socrates, Nelson, Pankhurst and Brunel. The series will be launched by Professor Rob Iliffe from the University of Sussex on Isaac Newton’s Private Lives: Some New Findings’.

Why do you think people should book?

‘Over the years this annual Contextual Lecture Series has become somewhat prestigious and we thus attract the best authorities. The talks will be entertaining and enlightening. We have talks to fit a broad range of tastes including Richard Thorpe on The Welsh Wizard: David Lloyd George’s Legacy and Robert Hulse, Director of the Brunel Museum on Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Man who Built the World’.

Why are you excited about it?

‘For the chance to look through a few windows into the lives of major figures in the history of our world’!

Who are you particularly looking forward to hear speaking?

‘I’m especially looking forward to the Baron McColl of Dulwich on Sir Joseph Lister: Medical Revolutionary

To book contact the Educational Public Programme Manager (Lettie Mckie) for further information: 0208 299 8732 or email

Tickets are available by telephone for the whole series of 20 lectures. £200 (Friends £180)

Tickets for individual lectures are available to book online or on the door from 10am on the day of the lecture £10 (Friends £9)

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