Special interest talks in 2018

A view of the Drawing Room with Jacobean-style plaster ceiling at Wightwick Manor

Join one of our knowledgeable team on one of our regular talks of the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris' circle.

Daytime talks start at 10am and finish around 12:30pm. They start with a relaxed talk before you are guided on a walking tour of highlights of our collection link to the subject. For the evening tour you start at 7pm and are toured over both floors of the Manor, finishing around 8:30pm.

Saturday 19 May: Women Artists of the Pre-Raphaelites

With works by Lizzie Siddal, Lucy Maddox Brown and Evelyn De Morgan Wightwick has one of the largest collections of paintings by the female Pre-Raphaelites. Often overshadowed by their more famous male relatives this talk, hosted by Helen, our House & Collections Manager, will showcase the true skill and achievement of these pioneering women.


Friday 15 June: The Pre-Raphaelites; Sex, Drugs and Poetry (evening tour)

This one is strictly for over 18's and not for the easily offended, as Helen lifts the lid on the dirty goings on of the Pre-Raphaelites - a group famous for getting far too close to their models.

Friday 20 July (evening tour) & Saturday 21 July (morning tour): Suffrage & Wolverhampton's Fight for women's Equality in the early 20th Century

A talk by art historian and Conservation Assistant, Hannah Squire, learn about the variety of deeds and words used by women in Wolverhampton to help further the cause of women's rights. Sit in the Drawing Room in the Manor, a location used historically by the Mander family to hold Suffragist meetings, as Hannah tells you about members of the local branch of the Women's Freedom League who campaigned as part of a national movement for women's suffrage.

Saturday 29 September: The Life & Works of Lizzie Siddal

Join Helen, the House and Collections Manager, for a relaxed talk followed by a walking tour of the collection. Siddal was a professional member of the Pre-Raphaelite circle, an artist in her own right, but was more often remembered for being the wife and model for Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Why not combine this talk with a visit to our 'Beyond Ophelia' Exhibition, focusing on Siddal's art, opening on March 1.