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What: An Englishman Abroad

Step back into the world of the British Raj this month with our house-museum tour, An Englishman Abroad: At Home in British India and see Fairhall transformed into a colonial interior found in India in the 1830s. The magnificent ‘salon suite’ originally from Government House in Calcutta (Raj Bhavan, Kolkata) is on display, along with campaign furniture, Indian company paintings and all the many objects in the Collection representing imperial Indian Raj style. Curated by James Broadbent, this evocative tour runs until 21 October.

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What: Out of India Study Series

On 13 August, architecture and heritage consultant, Clive Lucas, focuses on the bungalows built by the British in various parts of the Empire, in The British-Indian Bungalow.

On 27 August, Melbourne-based garden writer, Christine Reid, and cultural historian, James Broadbent, will present a talk, Staffordshire or Canton, Calcutta or Birmingham | Household Goods in British Colonial India, looking at the ceramics, silver, textiles and furniture used or influenced by the British in India in the early19th century

What: The Jane Austen Series 2014

The Jane Austen 2014 series of lectures begins on 28 August with No Moral Effect On The Mind: Music in Mansfield Park presented by Gillian Dooley, an author and Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University. In this lecture, Dooley discusses the music used by Austen in Mansfield Park, as well as the Austen family’s music collections and the music that Austen herself played and sang.  Please note that this lecture will now start at 12 noon.

What: Plumassier

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Since Marie Antoinette added exotic plumes to her headdress in the 18th century, feathers have rarely been absent from female fashion. On 5 August, Paola Di Trocchio, Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the NGV, presents Plumassier | Master of the Art of the Plume, looking at the role of the plumassier, the master feather worker and couture artisan, from the 18th century to present day haute couture.

What: Threads Across The Empire

On 6 August, guest curator and lecturer at The Johnston Collection, Dorothy Morgan, presents Threads Across The Empire | How British and Indian Tastes, Traditions, Techniques and Expertise Intersected in the World of Textiles, exploring British and Indian textile traditions and how they came to influence each other. In this lecture, Morgan will look at examples such as shawls, muslin, the tree of life and tambouring, and the benefits and drawbacks of Empire and the colonial experience.

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What: The Impact of the Reformation on British Art

On 14 August, art critic, Ian George, presents The Impact Of The Reformation on British Art,  looking at how the Reformation caused religious and mythological themes to disappear from British art, and the subsequent flowering of portraiture during this period. 

What: Sir Joshua & The Doctor

In Sir Joshua & The Doctor on 19 August, author and Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, John Wiltshire, examines the friendship between painter Joshua Reynolds and writer and lexicographer, Samuel Johnson. In this lecture, Wiltshire will tell the story of this ill-matched pair through the many portraits that Reynolds made of his famous friend.

What: From Kedleston to Calcutta | Lord Curzon & India

On 20 August, guest curator and lecturer at The Johnston Collection, Dorothy Morgan, examines the colourful life of Lord Curzon, the British Viceroy to India at the beginning of the 20th century, in From Kedleston to Calcutta | Lord Curzon & India. 

Become a Friend

Now is a good time to join The Friends of The Johnston Collection and enjoy all the member benefits until July 2015.  The Friends was established more than 14 years ago and is an integral part of our organisation.  As well as supporting The Johnston Collection, you will also get to meet new people with similar interests and enjoy the many outings and events organised for The Friends throughout the year.

This house-museum tour is generously supported by The Friends of The Johnston Collection, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Harps Australia, Richmond (Football Club) Museum, & RIT Dyes & Fabric Care, Australia.

Please note, Fond Friend or Femme Fatale? with Ian George, as advertised in our What’s On brochure, has been postponed until 2015.

Read more and download an application form at

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