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Thursday 27th April 2017
Ely Cathedral and The Stained Glass Museum

The 11C Cathedral at Ely is called "the ship of the fens" because of its prominent position above the surrounding landscape, dominating the small town. We will visit the Cathedral with a guided tour to learn some of its fascinating history. The central octagonal tower, with its vast internal open space and its lantern above, forms the most distinctive and celebrated feature of the Cathedral. We will also tour the Stained Glass Museum, which is the only one of its kind in the country. The visit ties in to the April lecture "A History of Stained Glass".

Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral

Thursday 22nd September 2016
Audley End House and Saffron Walden

Audley End is a mainly seventeenth century house.  It was a ‘prodigy house’, almost a palace, and is one of the greatest Jacobean houses of England. It is now one third of its original size, but still huge, and in the care of English Heritage.  We will visit the house and gardens, and also pay a brief visit to historic Saffron Walden nearby, with its magnificent Church and many listed buildings.

David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and 2 Still Lifes
Paul Wells, 2005


Wednesday 2nd November 2016
The Great Hospital, Bishopsgate, Norwich NR1 4EL
The Incomparable Fifteenth Century Artists of Bruges
Rt Rev Dr Christopher Herbert

Three sessions, the first: Banks, Burgundy and Piracy (a reprise of a lecture of 5 years ago) followed by sessions on Jan Van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden.

The Rt Rev Dr Christopher Herbert was our lecturer at a very successful Special Interest Day on Three Italian Cities.

The new venue will be The Great Hospital, Bishopsgate, Norwich NR1 4EL

Contact: Liz Marris,
Tel: 01603 507183.

Elsa Schiaparelli
Rogier van der Weyden The Descent from the Cross (c. 1435)


Tuesday 8th November 2016
The Huguenots of Spitalfields, walking tour, and visit to Dennis Severs' House with Sue Jackson

The Huguenots faced with persecution fled France for England in 1681, many bringing their silk weaving skills and they settled and built houses in Spitalfields. The party will meet at Christ Church, Spitalfields, and then have a guided walking tour of the area. In the afternoon the visit will be to Dennis Severs' house in Folgate Street. This house is an intimate portrait into the lives of a family of Huguenot silk weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th century.

Members arrange own travel to Liverpool Street. Christ Church is a 15 minute walk from the station.

Photo by Roelof Bakker
Photo by Roelof Bakker