Lunchtime Lecture: J. Lyons, National Portrait Gallery and a Cup of Tea with Thomas Harding
Past event archive
5 December 2019, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)
- Talks and Lectures
- Book now
Become a Member for as little as £55 and enjoy FREE, unlimited entry to all exhibitions and discounts on ticketed events.
Other benefits include:
• Invitations to Members-only private views
• Discounts in the Portrait Restaurant and Gallery Shops
• Priority booking for special events
• Regular updates and exclusive offers
Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.
Writer Thomas Harding gives a panoramic new history of modern Britain, as told through the story of his own extraordinary ancestors and one round-breaking company: Lyons & Co. He will reference portraits in the Gallery's Collection, including those of his grandfather, Sam Salmon, chairman of Lyon’s & Co. from 1965 to 1968, great-grandfather Isidore Salmon, chairman 1929-1941, and the artist Gluck (Hannah Gluckstein, 1895-1978), niece of the company's founders.
For over a century, Lyons was everywhere. Its restaurants and corner houses were on every high street, its coffee and tea in every cup, its products in every home. By bringing the world to the British people, the company transformed the way we eat, drink and are entertained – democratising luxury and globalising our tastes. But it was a victory that was not easily won – a story of the virtue of hard work, perseverance and an indomitable spirit in the face of repeated obstacles: poverty, hatred and injustice. It is a tale that is rarely told, of an immigrant family’s journey from rags to riches: the story of poverty, hatred and anti-Semitism.
Thomas Harding is a journalist who has written for the Sunday Times, Financial Times and the Guardian, among other publications. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, and for many years was an award-winning publisher of a newspaper in West Virginia. He is also the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz; the acclaimed Kadian Journal; A Father’s Story; The House by the Lake, a Costa Biography Award and Orwell Prize nominee; and Blood on the Page, winner of the 2018 Gold Dagger Award.
Following his lecture, Thomas will be signing copies of Legacy in the Gallery’s Bookshop, Floor 0.
Event ticket queries
Call +44 (0)20 7306 0055