Power and Patronage: The Death of an Elite?

Lecture: Power and Patronage: The Death of an Elite?
Lecturer: Mike Hope
Start Date: 19th January 2020
Start Time: 2.30pm
End Time: Tea
Tickets: £14.00

How many current non – royal Dukedoms’ are there? Can you name them? Are they heading for extinction? This lecture will look specifically at the Ducal titles that remain, to reveal a fascinating picture of the state of British aristocracy at the highest level. After hundreds of years of continuous entitlement and privilege what does it mean for these families, not just in terms of cultural and political power and patronage but also in continuing to shape Britain and social attitudes in the twenty-first century.

Tickets £14 (includes tea and cake)
Pre-booked carvery lunch available at £18

Lecturer Information

Mike Hope

Mike Hope

Author, lecturer, curator and designer spent over twenty-five years lecturing and holding senior management posts in four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and has spent nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions. He is a lecturer for Travel Editions Art & History Abroad programme.

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