Forthcoming Friends' events

2017 2018 2019

Arts & Crafts in Clapham

Date Tues 30th Jan 2018
Location Private tour of the home of furniture specialist Christopher Claxton Stevens London SW4
When 6.30pm
Cost Cost: £10; Guest price: £12

Although tens of thousands of middle class terraced houses were built in London at the end of the 19th-century, very few have retained their character and fittings through changes in fashion and the ravages of time. This is a rare chance to see the colourful and atmospheric candlelit interiors of such an...

Ride The Mail Rail

Date Tues 20th Feb 2018
Location 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1
When 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £20; Guest price: £25

Journey back in time on a specially made train through the original tunnels and station platforms under Mount Pleasant. Then visit the Postal Museum and discover the surprising story of the first social network. Tickets are limited so please book early. ...

Discoveries: An exhibition of newly discovered portraits with Adrian Pett

Date Wed 28th Feb 2018
Location 18 Milner Street, London SW3 2PU
When 11.30am
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15
Dealer Darnley Fine Art

This fascinating exhibition will include over 30 portraits from the 16th-20th centuries and will feature the earliest and newly discovered self-portrait of Francis Hayman (1708-1776); this and over twelve other portraits have not been seen before and shed new light on the various artists and their work. Adrian Pett will be talking...

Coutts Bank

Date Thurs 8th Mar 2018
Location 440 The Strand, London WC2R 0QS
When 3.00pm
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15

COUTTS BANK Coutts has a rich and diverse history, dating back over 300 years. From its foundation in 1692 to the present day. Archivist Tracey Earl will reveal to the Friends the fascinating story behind the bank and Friends will also be able to see the exquisite 18th century Chinese wallpaper which...

Art Deco Tour at BADA 2018

Date Fri 16th Mar 2018
Location Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
When 11.30am
Cost Cost: £15; Guest price: £20

Vanessa Curry will be leading this tour at the BADA Fair. After working on a global commodities trading floor, Vanessa decided to take a postgraduate degree in art history at Oxford University, so she is well qualified to talk on this topic. The format of the morning will be that Vanessa...

Bourne Park

Date Tues 3rd Apr 2018
Location Bishopsbourne, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5BJ
When 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £30; Guest price: £35

By kind permission of Lady Juliet and Dr Tadgell This beautiful 18th century house was completed in around 1707 by Dame Elisabeth Aucher for her young son Sir Hewitt. Her husband, Sir Anthony had died in 1692 leaving her with considerable gambling debts and four young children to support. By 1704 she...

Mortimer Wheeler House

Date Mon 16th Apr 2018
Location 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1
When 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £20; Guest price: £25

I am delighted that Hazel Forsyth, Senior Curator at the Museum of London has agreed to be our guide for this very special visit to the Museum’s archaeological, ceramic and glass archive. The store holds a wealth of objects from archaeological sites that have been investigated over the past 100 years. Depending on...

Farnley Hall

Date Wed 25th Apr 2018
Location Farnley Hall, Otley, Yorkshire LS21 2QF
When 2pm
Cost Cost: £20; Guest price: £25 to include tea/coffee and cake at the end of the tour

By kind permission of Mr Guy Fawkes Farnley Hall is justly famous for its association with J M W Turner, who visited first in 1808 and then regularly until his host, patron and friend Walter Fawkes’ death in 1825. Fawkes bought about 200 of Turner’s watercolours and oils, and quite a number of...

Burnham Westgate Hall

Date Mon 21st May 2018
Location Burnham Market, Norfolk, PE31 8HE
When 11am
Cost Cost: £50; Guest price: £55 to include a two course lunch at the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market

Based on the edge of fashionable Burnham Market, Burnham Westgate was originally built by the architect of nearby Holkham Hall, Matthew Brettingham. Around 1783 Thomas Pitt, 1st Baron Camelford, asked the eminent architect Sir John Soane to re-design parts of the house based in this beautiful part of Norfolk. I am delighted that...

Crosby Hall: Building The Past

Date Thurs 24th May 2018
Location Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3
When 2.30pm
Cost Cost: £48; Guest price: £55 to include refreshments

I am sure many Friends have passed the tall metal fencing on the Embankment and wondered what lies behind this barrier that seems to have been in place for many years. Well, all will be revealed in this visit. I am delighted that the owner, Dr Christopher Moran, will be accompanying...

At Home with Johnny Van Haeften

Date Wed 13th June 2018
Location Beaufort House, Ham Street, Surrey, TW10
When 12.30pm
Cost Cost: £35; Guest price: £40
Dealer Johnny Van Haeften Ltd

Beaufort House is believed to be the Dower House for nearby Ham House as it was built in 1697, on the site of an earlier Tudor building and stands back just off Ham Street. Not only is Johnny Van Haeften the leading art dealer in Dutch old masters he also has a...

Plowden & Smith

Date Thurs 21st June 2018
Location 190 St Ann's Hill, Wandsworth, SW18
When 11am
Cost Cost: £12; Guest price: £15

Founded in London in 1966, Plowden & Smith is the largest fine, decorative and contemporary art and object conservation and restoration company in the UK. For over 50 years the business has been working around the world, conserving and restoring pictures, objects and furniture as well as display mounting items for some...

Drayton House

Date Wed 11th July 2018
Location Lowick, Nr Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3BB
When 11am
Cost Cost: £50; Guest price: £55 to include lunch at the nearby Snooty Fox.

Drayton House has been a family home for almost a thousand years. The core of the house, built by Simon de Drayton in about 1300, still survives but it is especially important for the transformation it received during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The house has a unique spiral...

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