Is it the End of the Road for Antiques in Canada?

Friday, 26 March 2021 via Zoom

Speaker: Janet Carlile

Lecture title: Is it the end of the Road for Antiques in Canada?

Lecture Summary

From television, to radio, to columns in magazines and newspapers and appraisals, antiques have been part of my life for over 40 years and it’s fair to say over that time things have changed. In this lecture I’ll chat about appraisals but also about the world of antique buying, selling, dealing, the black market and auctions. We’ll also talk about insurance, selling, downsizing, and investing and where the antiques trade is heading in Canada, how it has changed and what the future holds- knowing there is a distinct difference in attitude to antiques in most other parts of the world.

We may even answer that ever present question, “what am I going to do with all this old stuff?”

Bio: Janet Carlile

meetjanetcarlile2Janet Carlile is an independent, accredited antiques valuer and appraiser. She has thirty years of experience appraising, inventorying and advising on fine art and antiques for private, corporate and institutional clients in North America and Europe.

Janet’s qualifications include a first degree in Canadian History from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a Master’s Degree in Modern Social History from Lancaster University in England. She completed the Decorative Arts Course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art which included working in appraisals and research at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Dr Norman Bethune: Medical and Political Revolutionary

Friday, 24 April 2020

Speaker: Ross Lambert

Lecture title: Dr Norman Bethune: Medical and Political Revolutionary

Lecture Summary

Bethune’s story is known by many Canadians but by no means all.  He is, however, known and revered by one billion Chinese.  A significant chapter of his life was the Spanish Civil War where he served as a doctor for the Republicans and pioneered several significant medical battlefield techniques.  This presentation focuses on this part of his life but provide contexts about what occurred in his life pre- and post-Spain.  The outline is as follows:

  • Family life, the Muskokas. Bethune’s family and the part of Ontario he grew up in including the era.
  • Education and early professional career. His medical training and early work as a doctor specialising in tuberculous in the United States and in Montreal.  Included in this is his increasing interest and commitment to international communism.
  • His calling to Spain.  Military actions he was part of.  His pioneering use of several medical procedures at the front including blood transfusions and x-ray equipment.  The end of the war and his return to Montreal.
  • Efforts in China.  Results in China.  Death in China.  Significance to the Chinese.
  • Bethune today. Where does he stand today in China, Canada and Spain.

Bio: Ross Lambert

Ross LambertRoss is a retired Naval Officer who has lived and worked in a variety of locations and settings including Kingston, Victoria, Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa and London, England.    He is a graduate of the Royal Military College (hBA) and York University (MA), as well as the British Joint Command and Staff College.  His career included a number of different staff positions in various national and NATO headquarters and two tours on staff at the Royal Military College.  He also had numerous postings at sea, the last one as captain of HMCS IROQUOIS.

Ross and his wife of 43 years, Joanne, are originally from the Barrie area of Ontario.  They now live on a 75 acre hobby farm near Elgin, Ontario, where he cuts firewood, makes maple syrup and raises a few cattle.  They are heavily engaged in community and church events, often involving some type of music. Since retirement Ross has also become involved with the local Masonic Lodge.  He is the father of four and the grandfather of five.  He is also increasingly seen as the maintenance man for the farm and several summer cottages.

Ross and Joanne have travelled extensively and still typically spend several months each year out of country.  Ross is a serious student of Canadian, American and European history and has a passion for 19thcentury English literature.

The Last Tsar of Russia

Friday, 27 March 2020

Speaker: Paul Marland

Lecture title: The last Tsar of Russia

Lecture Summary

At about 1 a.m. on July 17, 1918, in a fortified mansion in the town of Ekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountains, the Romanovs—ex-tsar Nicholas II, ex-tsarina Alexandra, their five children, and their four remaining servants —were awoken by their Bolshevik captors and told they must dress and gather their belongings for a swift nocturnal departure. They gathered in the cellar, and waited patiently, until, suddenly, 11 or 12 heavily armed men filed ominously into the room.

What happened next—the slaughter of the family and servants—was one of the seminal events of the 20th century. How had such a family come to such a fate? Were their deaths in some way deserved, or were they murdered by History?

Bio: Paul Marland

Pauk MarlandAfter graduating from Carleton, Paul Marland entered High School Teaching, temporarily he thought.  He remained for 36 years, seduced by the many minds of the people whom he met.