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Thursday, 11th November 2010
Gauguin at the Tate Modern

Gauguin is one of the most influential and celebrated of the artists of the late nineteenth century. This is the first major exhibition in London devoted to his work in over half a century and brings together over one hundred works from public and private collections around the world.

Gauguin at the Tate Modern
Monday, 18th October 2010
The Goldsmiths’ Hall and the Museum of London

The Goldsmith’s Company is one of the twelve great livery companies of the City of London, and has been responsible for hallmarking since 1300. Its collection of some 8,000 items comprises antique silver, contemporary silver, jewellery and art medals dating from the 15th century to the 21st century.

The museum of London is the world’s largest urban history museum with over one million objects in its collections.

The Goldsmiths’ Hall and the Museum of London
4–9th October 2010
Lisbon – Art and Cultural Tour

The capital of Portugal since the conquest of the Moors by the Crusaders in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with over twenty centuries of history. The art and cultural tour will take in all the principal sites of this fascinating city.

Lisbon – Art and Cultural Tour
Thursday, 22nd July 2010 – Summer Garden Party
The Old House, Ranworth

Part medieval, with the front dating from 1737, this is a grand house in 10 acres of gardens and parkland which contain attractive linked and walled gardens with shrubs, a potager, and arboretum as well as a wooded walk and large pond with ducks and geese. Ranworth Church is close by, containing the finest screen arrangement surviving in Norfolk.

The Old House, Ranworth
Wednesday, 23rd June 2010
Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham

The Stanley Spencer Gallery was opened in l962, three years after the artist’s death. It has a wonderful collection of more than 100 of his paintings and drawings; there is also a guided walk through the village of Cookham that takes in many of the sites of his works.

Peterborough Cathedral and Elton Hall
Wednesday, 9th June 2010
Quick Trip - Visit to local Craftsman

A first try at a short, local visit was well supported, to the extent that where it was thought an afternoon session only would satisfy demand, a morning slot was also needed.

Summer Garden Party - Besthorpe Hall, Attleborough
Friday, 14th May 2010
Spalding Gentlemen’s Society and Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding, Lincs.

The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society was founded in 1710 and boasts a long and interesting history. The collections include firearms and cameras, beautiful glassware, a large selection of coins, medals and stamps, silverware and tableware, and an amazing library.

Ayscoughfee Hall is a museum in a medieval hall dating from 1451. The formal gardens feature a yew tree walk and ornamental lake.

Summer Garden Party - Besthorpe Hall, Attleborough
Thursday, 22nd April 2010
Victoria and Albert Museum, New Medieval & Renaissance Galleries

Dr Paula Nuttall will give us a guided tour of some the renaissance objects in these newly opened galleries, home to one of the world’s most remarkable collections of treasures dating from AD 300 to 1600. The rest of the museum is also, of course, open to our visit.

Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Wednesday, 14th April 2010
Extra Special Interest Day
Norwich School Paintings of the 19th Century an overview with Dr Peter Kennedy Scott

Peter Kennedy Scott’s interest in the Norwich School developed when he moved to Suffolk in 1967. In those days it was still possible to root out undiscovered Norwich School paintings from the back of antique shops and Peter was highly successful in identifying them. He is now seen as one of the leading experts on the subject, and catalogues for Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonham’s.

Norwich School Paintings of the 19th Century an overview with Dr Peter Kennedy Scott