The Leman Album contains the earliest-known English designs for woven silk, produced between 1706 and 1716 by the master weaver James Leman.  Currently the subject of a major interdisciplinary research project in the V&A Research Institute (VARI), the designs offer unique evidence of silk weaving techniques, commercial design in early eighteenth-century London, taste and fashion.  This lecture on Wednesday 18th October will explore multiple aspects of Leman's remarkable designs including their purpose, their sources, and what recent conservation and scientific analysis has revealed about their significance.

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The lunchtime lectures have moved to the Hochhauser Auditorium in the reopened Sackler Centre.

The speaker will start at 1pm and doors will open from roughly 12.40pm.



Worldwide Release for Spring Flower Music telling Huguenot tale

An album of songs by an East Riding group telling the story of a historical journey to a new land inspired by tales of the alpine flower – the Primula auricula – and its 16th century journey to England is now released internationally on the DHM record label. The Auricula Suite is a tale of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning, written and recorded by alternative folk musicians Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard.

Auricula gardener Rich explains, “I have a growing collection of Primula auriculas, and the idea to write the songs began when we discovered the fascinating story of how they were made popular here by the first people to be called ‘florists’, the Huguenot refugees.”

Songwriter and composer, Lou continues, "This fascinating story still resonates today. The Huguenot people brought horticultural skills to England when they sought refuge here 500 years ago. Settlers from war torn lands are making new lives here in Hull, today. Music brings people of different cultures together, overcoming adversity and creating something new, and this is reflected in the album.”

Guitarist and vocalist, Rich and Lou invited special guests Amanda Lowe (hammer dulcimer), Quentin Budworth (hurdy gurdy) and Corey Clough-Howard (guitar on My Ancestors were French) to form the Auricula Suite Ensemble. The East Riding of Yorkshire based musicians have a rich musical history, having performed at a range of world fusion and alternative music venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

The Auricula Suite featured in Rich and Lou’s ‘My Ancestors were French’ heritage project - music, art, film and poetry telling of a journey to a new land. Part of ‘All Our Stories’, in support of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History’ it explored what it feels like to be a stranger in a strange land. The group performed The Auricula Suite concert at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, home of the oldest surviving Auricula Theatre in England.

Lou explained: “Since our concert at Calke Abbey in 2013 we have gathered a lot of followers in countries where the flowers are popular – Belgium, Holland, Scandinavia and as far afield as Japan, so we are delighted that the album is now available worldwide.”

“The music was intricately beautiful, the songs informative and real, the performers were fascinating to watch and the whole entertainment and feel of the evening was celebratory. The interweaving of the instrument sounds and the vocals painted exciting pictures…get the CD it is a beautiful recording of the material. ” Gifford Rolfe Music

“What a fantastic evening the Auricula Suite concert is – beautiful people, music, and flowers. A room bursting with colour, love & enriched with mesmeric music…we all absolutely loved it!” Lynn Beaumont, Once Upon A Time Bears

The Auricula Suite, released on DHM Record label on 6th March 2017, catalogue number DHM010, available from all the usual digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, Shazam, Bandcamp and from

The Auricula Suite
DHM Record Label


Lou Duffy-Howard
Duffy-Howard Music
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A date for your diaries - Dan Cruickshank will give the opening talk at the Canterbury Festival on Monday 23rd October at 5.30pm at Cathedral Lodge, The Precincts, Canterbury.

Further details will appear in due course.

Canterbury Festival