Lectures and Recordings
The Grand Tour Podcast
Join Michael Collins and Lynda Mulvin in their new podcast, The Grand Tourists, as they explore the old routes and search the cities through which the young visitors passed. Paris, Lyons, Zurich, Turin, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Loretto, Ravenna and Venice are just a few of the main cities through which the early tourists passed. The fortnightly podcast, lasting approximately 15 minutes, brings the listener behind the scenes to find hidden gems and artistic treasures. Join us on your favourite podcast platform and imagine in your mind’s eye the glories of Golden Age.
The Road from Canterbury
The concept of the pilgrimage has been proven to be beneficial mentally, physically and spiritually. Living longer is not just about additional years but is extra time towards a healthy and fulfilling life. Join us for a webinar on the Road from Canterbury, a journey from Canterbury to Rome in the medieval period. We will discover frescos and architecture from the expedition shedding light on the advancements of medicine and health.
For centuries pilgrims have made a journey to the shrine of St. Thomas à Beckett, the 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury who was slain in his cathedral by four knights loyal to King Henry II. Join us as we retrace the steps of medieval pilgrims in Chaucer’s classic “The Canterbury Tales.” From moral quandaries to humorous escapades, we will explore this timeless masterpiece.
Jab One: Sarah the Milkmaid and Blossom the Cow
Join Father Michael Collins as he looks back on the first vaccination by Edward Jenner. This ground breaking research to fight small pox evolved around a cow named Blossom and a girl named Sarah Nelmes in 1796. Father Michael will take us back in time to a period when the fight against disease was almost hopeless.
The Lost Cookbook of Pompeii
Pompeii was suddenly destroyed by a volcano but what was left behind reveals the answers to many mysteries. Father Michael Collins takes us on a journey to the ancient society of Pompeii to explore the diet and how this contributed to longevity.
Behind Roman Eyes
The most unique architectural site in the world, Ancient Pompeii was preserved in ash after a sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Few survived the blast as we can see in every small detail of the city that is trapped in time. Join Father Michael Collins as he investigates the day to day life in Pompeii from health to cooking.
The Eternal Beauty of Ancient Greece
Ancient Greeks lived rich lives characterized by a complete devotion to and immersion in their passions, from civic life to sport and, of course, to art. The unparalleled degree to which these passions shaped their lives created a vibrant, innovative society that has left an enduring mark on the modern imagination.
The Search for Immortality in Ancient Egypt
In our first Longevity Tonic session, Father Michael Collins, renowned author and art history expert, will take us to Ancient Egypt on a quest for immortality. Despite, or perhaps because of, generally shorter lives, Father Collins brings to life an ancient culture's deep fascination with the afterlife through elaborate ritual and symbolism. Looking back at how people lived, we can see how our understanding of ageing is changing…
The Banker's Son & The Most Unfortunate Pope
Raphael's Great Patrons
Part 4 of a special 4 part lecture series, Christian Art in Rome: Two Millennia of Beauty & Devotion, by Fr. Michael Collins.
St. Peter's Basilica
From the Elegance of the Renaissance to the Explosion of the Baroque
Part 3 of a special 4 part lecture series, Christian Art in Rome: Two Millennia of Beauty & Devotion, by Fr. Michael Collins.
The Tomb of Peter
The Search for Peter in Rome
Part 2 of a special 4 part lecture series, Christian Art in Rome: Two Millennia of Beauty & Devotion, by Fr. Michael Collins.
The Art of the Catacombs
Light from the Shadows
Part 1 of a special 4 part lecture series, Christian Art in Rome: Two Millennia of Beauty & Devotion, by Fr. Michael Collins.