Historic Graffiti - The Hidden Story of the Hopes, Fears and Desires of a Nation

The Arts Society South West London's next lecture

17th/18th century graffiti of a woman’s body17th/18th century graffiti of a woman’s body. Picture: Richard Croft / Historic graffiti

The next lecture by the Arts Society West London will be on the subject of historic graffiti.

The talk will be given by James Wright on Monday 10 May at 8pm and delivered via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to view it for a donation of £5.

Modern graffiti is often seen as transgressive and moronic. However, look closely at the walls of our historic buildings, trees, caves and rockfaces and you will see a world of graffiti left that illuminates the psychology of our ancestors. The study of historic graffiti enables us to hear the lost voices of ordinary individuals through their images of daisywheels, ships sailing across the walls, knights drawing their swords, demons stalking the stonework and every animal imaginable.

James Wright FSA is an award-winning archaeologist and accredited lecturer with both the Arts Society and the Workers’ Educational Association. He has over fifteen years of lecturing experience and has talked to a wide variety of organisations including Gresham College, Shakespeare400 and the National Trust.

For more information visit the society’s website or contact Gwen Hewitt on gwen@the2hewitts.plus.com

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April 27, 2021

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