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Thursday 12th May 2015
inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery

The exhibition includes around 85 works, among them a number of Impressionism's greatest masterpieces. The pictures are borrowed from the key European and American collections and all have passed through the hands of the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who was an advocate of the movement.

Monet said "Without him, we wouldn't have survived".

inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery
Thursday 4th June 2015
Visit to Wrest Park and Moggerhanger House, Beds.

Visit Wrest Park an 18th century French inspired mansion set in 90 acres of gardens covering 300 years of garden history. See the work of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown hired in 1758 to work on the garden. Other surprises in the garden include a 1770 bath house, a dog graveyard and a baroque pavilion by Thomas Archer. Visit Moggerhanger House, an eighteenth century house built by Sir John Soane for the Governor of the Bank of England. There will be a tour of the house and garden. The Moggerhanger Estate was landscaped by Humphry Repton.

Visit to Wrest Park and Moggerhanger House, Beds.
Garden Party – Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at 2.30pm
The Mowle, Staithe Road, Ludham by kind permission of Mrs N N Green

The Mowle has an interesting garden of about 2 1/2 acres running down to marshes with a boardwalk to Womack Staithe. It consists mainly of shrubs and trees interspersed with flowers and a wildlife pond, bog garden and several sculptures. Our usual delicious tea will be served.

Garden Party - The Mowle, Staithe Road, Ludham


Wednesday 9th September 2015
Buckingham Palace: its History, Occupants and Contents
Oliver Everett

From a modest Georgian house to the creation of a stunning palace by John Nash in the 1920s, to the royal residence used by Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace is the centre of British Court life and the setting for official functions and occasions. It also contains art treasures from the Royal Collection, including world famous paintings, furniture, sculpture and many other objects.

Oliver returns to take this special interest day having lectured us on George III. He was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales then Private Secretary to Diana, Princes of Wales. He was also Librarian in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, and retired in 2002. He has written article and books on the Royal Collection and Windsor Castle.

Special Interest Day - Buckingham Palace: its History, Occupants and Contents
Thursday 24th September 2015
Bletchley Park

Once Britain's best-kept secret, the code breaking carried out here during World War II was of vital importance to our national security and ultimate victory. Bletchley Park also heralded the birth of the information age with the development of machines such as the Turing/Welchman Bombe and the world's first electronic computer, Colossus. There is an exhibition of the Life and Works of Alan Turing, who was the subject of the recently released film starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Bletchley Park
Wednesday 18th November 2015
Goya: The Portraits. National Gallery

This visit is planned to take place after our November lecture on Goya. Goya is one of Spain’s most celebrated artists. He was considered a supremely gifted portrait painter and an excellent social commentator who took the genre of portraiture to new heights through his ability to reveal the psychology of his sitter. This show brings together more than 50 of his most outstanding portraits.

Goya ’Self Portrait in his studio’, 1793-5.

Goya ’Self Portrait in his studio’, 1793-5. Goya ’Self Portrait in his studio’, 1793-5.
Thursday 3rd December 2015
A visit to Lincoln Cathedral and the Christmas Market.

There will be a guided tour of the Cathedral where building commenced in 1088 and continued throughout the medieval period. There will be an opportunity to visit the recently restored castle, which is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – Lincoln owns one of the four surviving copies. The visit takes place on one of the four days when the Cathedral quarter is taken over by stalls, entertainers and seasonal themes.

Lincoln Cathedral
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Grimsthorpe Castle: Bourne, Lincolnshire

To celebrate the tercentenary year of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability‘ Brown (1716–83) and following on from the April lecture, we will visit this stately home set in an 3000 acre ‘Capability’ Brown park with lakes, ancient woodlands and a red deer herd.

Grimsthorpe Castle has been owned by the Willoughby de Eresby family for nearly five hundred years and is major work by Sir John Vanbrugh. State rooms and picture galleries contain magnificent contents, paintings and painted ceilings.

Grimsthorpe Castle: Bourne, Lincolnshire
Tuesday 12th July 2016 - The Royal Academy
David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life

After the landscape exhibition, which we visited in 2012, Hockney returned to portraiture. His subjects include fellow artists, curators and gallerists. Each work is the same size, and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Hockney allows their personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy. This remarkable new body of work, offers an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years.

David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and 2 Still Lifes
David Hockney RA, Barry Humphries,
26-28 March, 2015. Acrylic on canvas. 21.92 x 91.44cm. © David Hockney.
Photo credit: Richard Schmidt
Thursday 21st July 2016
Garden Party at Sea Mere, Hingham NR9 4LP

The gardens were laid out over 120 years ago and cover approximately five acres with a 20 acre circular lake as the backdrop to the five terraced lawns between it and the 16c house. The garden has been restored and enlarged by the current owners, Judy and Michael Watson. From the terrace on the south side of the house, visitors can see four colour themed mixed borders on either side of the main lawns.The edge of the lake has a wetland garden with grasses and late summer perennials next to an established (possibly 100 year old) clump of gunnera manicata. The Oval Garden is hidden behind beech hedges, with herbaceous borders surrounding the oval lawn while the adjacent Rose Garden has a circular lawn edged with nepeta, overhung in late summer with waving grasses and some lovely ornamental trees. From the Rose Garden there are paths leading into the Oval Garden, the Beech Walk and potager, or back towards the mere via the Winter and Woodland Gardens. The Orchard has more old-fashioned shrub roses flourishing among the fruit trees.

Tea will be provided by Gail Dicker

Garden Party at Sea Mere, Hingham NR9 4LP

Wednesday 17th August 2016
Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms

At the heart of the Palace, the gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers of the State Rooms provide a perfect setting for the many famous masterpieces from the Royal Collection together with exquisite examples of Sevres porcelain and some of the finest examples of English and French furniture in the world.

In celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday there is also a special exhibition "Fashioning a Reign: 90 years of style from the Queen's wardrobe".

Buckingham Palace Photographer: Andrew Holt Royal Collection Trust / @copy; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Buckingham Palace