As a NADFAS society we are often able to arrange access to houses that are not usually open to the public and to obtain the services of guides at museums and galleries. We also take coach trips to well-known venues, with pre-arranged entry to special exhibitions. Historically we have had tours of a few days either in the UK or abroad each year. Here are some of our past tours and visits.
Booking for visits is by form accompanied by a cheque. Bookings will open at the lecture specified in the details of visits below. You will be able to download a booking form by clicking on the title of the visit. Details of visits with booking forms will appear here as near as possible to the lecture at which they are first available for sale.
Sunday 12 to Thursday 16 May
Liverpool and Cheshire - History, Art and Architecture
Our long visit is to Liverpool and Cheshire. We shall be staying in central Liverpool and visiting the most important sites in the city and its environs, including its two cathedrals and its principal synagogue. Our visit includes major historic art galleries in Liverpool (Walker) and Port Sunlight (Lady Lever), together with the Tate Liverpool. Destinations include great houses at Little Moreton Hall, Knowsley Hall and Tabley House with their superb collections and we shall also see the Gormley statues on Crosby beach and have a mini-cruise on the Mersey.
Full information about the visit and Booking Form is available to download.
Booking opened on 13 December 2012.
This Visit is now fully booked and Waiting List only.
Tuesday 28 May
William Morris Gallery and Copped Hall
Cost £36 (excluding lunch but including tea)
This visit takes us to two houses in different stages of restoration. William Morris House in Walthamstow is the only public gallery devoted to Morris, the great Victorian designer and founder of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement. It holds a stunning collection of his work and that of his close associates. It was reopened last year after extensive restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the local Council and private donors.
Copped Hall is at a much earlier stage of its restoration, which is being funded by a private trust. It is a fine Georgian mansion that is superbly sited on a ridge overlooking its landscaped parkland. The mansion is visible from the M25 which passes through a corner of the park. We will have the opportunity to see the progress that has been made over the past dozen years in recovering it from the status of a burned out wreck.
More information and Booking Form . Booking from 14 March 2013 but this Visit is now fully booked.Waiting List only.
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Fulham Palace and the de Morgan Centre,Wandsworth
Booking opens 11 April 2013.
Cost £34 (excluding lunch).
At least since Tudor times Fulham Palace was the Bishop of London’s country home. Weather permitting, our tours begin outdoors in the historic gardens; 13 acres remain and the surviving layout is mainly 19th century with an earlier walled garden and some 18th century landscaping; it includes many rare trees. Inside, features include the Great Hall, Victorian Chapel, Bishop Terrick Drawing and Dining Rooms, Bishop Sherlock’s Room and two Museum rooms where permanent displays are exhibited.
We shall also visit the William de Morgan Centre which houses a collection of his ceramics some of which decorate Leighton House. The Centre also displays paintings by Evelyn de Morgan, his wife, who was a noted painter in her own right. The visit will complement the visit to the William Morris Gallery as they were both involved with the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Wednesday 3 July
Bergh Apton and Sainsbury Centre, Norwich
Booking for Members only opened on 9th May
Cost £32 (excluding lunch).
Bergh Apton is the home of Kip Bertram, a successful entrepreneur with many interests that include a stable of historic cars. We have secured a private visit to his home to see his extensive collections of painting of the Norwich school; probably the finest anywhere, and will also have time to view the gardens. We shall be guided by a curator from the Castle Museum at Norwich.
The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts is part of the University of East Anglia. Its striking modern building contains a fine collection of objects covering over 5,000 years, including ethnographic items, and has a particularly strong representation of Art Nouveau and 20th and 21st century art and design.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Houghton Hall, Norfolk: Exhibition of Collection acquired from Houghton by Catherine the Great.
More information will be available soon.
Booking will open on 12 June.
Autumn visit to be confirmed