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10 October 2019BIG BEN
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14 March 2019RUSSIA LOOKS AT ITSELF: History through the ages.
14 February 2019SAME OLD, SAME NEW - ART COMPARISON
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08 November 2018GETTING UNDER THEIR SKINS - Finding character & story in Renaissance Art
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14 June 2018FOOD AND ART THROUGH THE AGES
10 May 2018CHILDREN AS ARTISTS
12 April 2018HOW DO THEY MAKE THAT NOISE? The Opera Singer Phenomenon
08 March 2018THE ART AND CULTURE OF FIN-de-SIECLE VIENNA
08 February 2018THE ART OF APOLOGY & ATONEMENT: How Germany commemorates WW2 in memorials and counter-memorials
11 January 2018FABER & FABER - 90 years of excellence in cover design
09 November 2017CARDIFF CASTLE - In depth, height and behind the closed doors! 7.00pm
12 October 2017THE GLASGOW BOYS 7.00pm
14 September 2017GILES - The life and works of a great cartoonist 7.00pm
08 June 2017THE BOY WHO BIT PICASSO 7.00pm
11 May 2017THE HORSE AND HORSEMAN from George Stubbs (1724 - 1806) to Mark Wallinger (born 1959) 7.00pm
13 April 2017THE TREASURES OF THE WALLACE COLLECTION 7.00pm
09 March 2017IINSPIRED BY STONEHENGE 7.00pm
09 February 2017FOREIGNERS IN LONDON 1526 - 1677 : Artists who altered the course of British Art 7.00pm
12 January 2017HIDDEN CANVASSES - Street Art and the City 7.00pm
10 November 2016FABERGE The Life and work of the World's Greatest Goldsmith 7.00pm
13 October 2016THE HISTORY OF MAGIC through Art and Pictures 7.00pm
08 September 2016The Joys of Impressionism INAUGURAL LECTURE 7.00pm
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BIG BEN Tim Redmond Thursday 10 October 2019

Tim spent his earlier career as a detective in the Metropolitan Police, working on murder, kidnap and anti-corruption investigations as well as in covert criminal intelligence. He finally retired as a Detective Superintendent and as the first police adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During his career Tim often gave presentations to large audiences, either for operational briefings or at conferences.

On retirement Tim decided on a complete change of direction, becoming a City of London tour guide and working for a London tour operator, specialising in tours around the UK. He then used the knowledge gained to become a guide within the Palace of Westminster, specialising in tours of Big Ben. His many guests on tours of the clock tower have included people such as Michelle Obama, Bill Gates and members of both houses of parliament. He also appeared in UK and overseas documentaries of the tower. Big Ben is now closed for a lengthy refit but Tim still guides people on tours around parliament and continues to talk on many aspects of history and stories relating to parliament.

Big Ben

Big Ben is one of the most iconic buildings in the world – it identifies the UK and democracy in the Western world. But there is a lot more to this tower than the beautiful external gothic architecture; and Tim will prove this to you. Using stunning images, he will take you on a virtual tour of the interior, saving you the effort of climbing 334 spiral stairs. He will explain the historical background and discuss the friction between the often controversial personalities involved in the building and designing of the tower. Tim will then take you behind those magnificent clock faces; show and explain the workings of the enormous clock mechanism; before finally taking you into the belfry and presenting before you – Big Ben, the most famous bell in the world!  After all that excitement Tim will ensure you safely descend the stairs ready for your well-earned cup of tea!