THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER 2016

Ironbridge

Our Autumn outing this year is to Ironbridge in Shropshire, the “Birthplace of the industrial Revolution” and a World Heritage Site which includes ten museums.
We shall visit the Coalport China Museum, which has a fine exhibition of Coalport and Caughley china, displayed in the former factory where they were once made.
A soup and sandwich lunch is included, after which we will move on to Jackfield Tile Museum. Once again housed in a former Victorian factory, it is filled with British tiles and settings of domestic and commercial interiors. The museum has recently added the John Scott Gallery to house a collection of tiles by designers such as Pugin, de Morgan, Morris and Dresser.

The price of the outing is £36 (£38 guests) which includes coach transport, entry fees, lunch and tips.
Please send your cheque and the completed booking form by 19 September 2016 to George Derbyshire,
53 Mosedale, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0HP
(01608 652586 george.derbyshire@btinternet.com)

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY 2017

Woburn Abbey and gardens

In Spring 2017 we are planning a visit to Woburn Abbey and Gardens. Woburn Abbey, the home of the Dukes of Bedford, is a magnificent Palladian mansion set in an extensive deer park designed by Humphrey Repton, with attractive gardens adjacent to the house.
Highlights of the collection include the Queen Elizabeth I ‘Armada’ portrait, the largest collection of Venetian scenes by Canaletto anywhere in the world, and a recently authenticated Rembrandt. The family’s gold and silver are displayed in the vaults. Of human interest is the story of Mary –­ the Flying Duchess of the thirties.
The gardens have been undergoing a programme of restoration in recent years – the Chinese Dairy and the Camelia House (a segmental conservatory) are not to be missed.
And of course a visit to Woburn Abbey affords the opportunity of taking afternoon tea where it was originally popularised!

Please let George Derbyshire know if you are intrested.
01608 652586 george.derbyshire@btinternet.com