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The Silk Road: Art, History & Exploration.
Wednesday 16 October 2019

Art Society Special Interest Day 


On a damp, grey Monday morning 60 people turned up at Binham Village Hall to be transported on a journey of discovery to another world. 

The magical world of the mighty Silk Road. A modern late 20th century label used to describe trade and interaction over land and sea, from 200BCE to 1400CE. 

From precious and semi precious stones, spices, metals, musk, medicines, furs and so on. From China to India, to Persia, Arabia. Greece and Rome, even East Anglia. It spanned the vast Afro-Eurasia area. Slaves were treated as a commodity, for sex, as musicians and servants. Horses were bred on a major scale not only for the Chinese elite but also to transport merchandise. The scope of the goods traded and the distances covered were extraordinary.

It changed history. New religions and technological innovations, along with ideas, language and religions , movements of peoples, stories, music, dance and so on, were all exchanged. 

It could have been difficult to absorb the scope of this vast enterprise in such a short time but we were so fortunate to have Dr Susan Whitfield, writer, scholar lecturer and traveller of the Silk Roads, as our esteemed guide. 

With clarity, enthusiasm and clever use of photographs and stories she gave a wonderful snapshot of this extraordinary time in history. It was no surprise that all the copies of the recently published book she has edited, 'Silk Roads, Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes' (Thames & Hudson) were a sell out on the day.

The Arts Society is about enriching lives through the arts - and this Special Interest Day certainly fulfilled the brief. And 20thApril 2020 is our next Soecial Interest Day. We shall be hosting Andy McConnell of Antiques Roadshow fame. The world expert on Glass will talk about ' Bottoms Up! the Story of Wine. It's Rituals and Glasses'. 

A date for members' diaries and hopefully a temptation to join us and become a member. There's also the usual excellent lunch! 

Lesley Nadel

Hot News*   Dr. Susan Whitfield is currently curating an exhibition exploring the Anglo Saxon Silk Road connections,  'From Nara to Norwich', due to open July 2020.  She hinted that she may be able to arrange something 'special' for our members.