Friends' events in 2016

2015 2016 2017


Date Wed 13th Jan 2016
Location National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10
When from 5-7pm
Cost £30; Guest Price: £35

Socialite, gossip, naval mastermind and certainly not a misogynist, Pepys is probably one of the most appealing characters of the 17th-century. He fought for survival on the operating table and successfully navigate his way to wealth and status in Stuart Britain. The evening has been exclusively arranged for the...

ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? A Private Masterclass and Lunch with Lennox Cato

Date Wed 24th Feb 2016
Location Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8TH
When 11 for 11.30am. Please book directly with the hotel - 01572 756991
Cost One price only £65

Overlooking Rutland Water, Hambleton Hall ( is one of the most beautiful independently owned hotels in the UK. From outstanding cuisine to fabulous rooms, this is a place to relax and restore the spirits. It is in these elegant surroundings that BADA member and BBC Antiques Roadshow furniture...


Date Thurs 3rd Mar 2016
Location St John’s Gate, London EC1
When at 2.30pm
Cost £12; Guest price: £15

The Order of St John dates back to almost 1000 years. The symbol of the Order, a white eight-pointed cross on a black background is an international symbol of first aid. Today the Order is better known at St John’s Ambulance. Its origins were caring for sick pilgrims...


Date Wed 16th Mar 2016
Location Goldsmiths’ Hall, Gutter Lane, London EC2
When at 10.30am
Cost £26; Guest price: £31

I make no apologies for organising a third visit to the Assay Office at the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall. This office has been providing its “mark of excellence” since 1300 and many of our dealer members sit on the Antique Plate Committee. Goldsmiths’ Hall is where hallmarking began in 1327...


Date Fri 15th Apr 2016
Location Parliament Square, London SW1
When at 3pm to include tea and cake afterwards
Cost £17; Guest price: £20

This is a specially requested visit so I do hope that many of you will wish to come along. The Supreme Court is the UK’s final court of appeal for civil and criminal cases. The visit will begin with a filmed welcome message from the President. Friends will...

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT PRINTS? A Private Masterclass with David Isaac

Date Tues 19th Apr 2016
Location Isaac and Ede, 81 Kensington Church Street, London W8
When from 5.30-6.30pm followed by drinks and nibbles
Cost £15; Guest price: £18

Are you puzzled by the world of prints? Are you not sure what the difference is between an aquatint and a lithograph? Then all will be revealed in this informal and fun evening. David Isaac is an entertaining speaker and if, like me, you are never quite sure...

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CERAMICS. A Private Masterclass with Alastair Gibson

Date Wed 11th May 2016
Location 7 Georgian House, 10 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1
When at 11.30am
Cost £12; Guest price: £15

Alastair Gibson began his career over 20 years ago before setting up his own business in 2007. He was formally director of the Chinese & Japanese Ceramics and Works of Art Department of Sotheby’s Europe. He is a regular exhibitor and vetter at antiques fairs such as TEFAF and...


Date Tues 17th May 2016
Location Balls Pond Studio, 8B Culford Mews, London N1 4DX
When 6.00pm
Cost £15; Guest price £20

If you are interested in attending this private evening visit then please register on the booking form. Kate makes beautifully constructed, glowing pots, often in complex shapes based on natural forms such as fruit or seeds. A real hands-on potter, Malone says she is ‘addicted to making’ and describes herself...


Date Thurs 19th May 2016
Location Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BP
When 1.45 for a 2pm start includes tour followed by tea & cake
Cost £20; Guest price: £25

Godinton House has absorbed the history and culture of its region for six hundred years. Standing in its tranquil parkland setting, it has seen the rise and fall of a score of monarchs, uprisings, rebellions, Civil War and the threat of invasion. Like the great oaks in the park, it has...


Date Thurs 2nd June 2016
Location Upper Thames Street, London EC4
When at 11am
Cost £18; Guest price: £20

As one of the Great Twelve city livery companies, the Vintners’ is one of the oldest companies in the City with its first charter being granted in 1363. Its origins were to regulate wine and spirits and to oversee the importation of wine into London. The company continued...

JMW TURNER - HIS DEVELOPMENT AS A WATERCOLOUR ARTIST Private view of a specially selected group of watercolours at the Tate Print Room

Date Wed 8th June 2016
Location Tate Gallery Print Room, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1
When at 2.30pm
Cost £20; Guest price: £25

This will be a unique experience for members. Art dealer, Jeremy Green from the Canon Gallery will select a group of Turner watercolours and sketchbooks showing the artists progression as a watercolour painter. This will give the Friends the chance to see works that are generally not on view to...

KNAVESMIRE HOUSE - YORK Private buffet lunch

Date Wed 15th June 2016
Location Tadcaster Road, York
When Please register your interest on the booking form.
Cost In the region of £45 to £50.

I am delighted that Darrell Buttery, our new Northern representative has most generously agreed to host an exclusive lunch for members with a guest speaker. This will be a fitting start to rejuvenating the Trust up in the north of England. It will also give members a chance to meet...

Lanterns and Taverns – Clocks for the Wall and Hall, 1620-1850

Date Tues 21st June 2016
Location 123 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LP
When 2.30pm
Dealer Howard Walwyn Ltd Fine Antique Clocks

Clock dealer Howard Walwyn will talk to Friends at an exclusive masterclass about two specialist areas of horology the Lantern and Tavern clock and will guide guests round his fascinating exhibition on this topic ...


Date Wed 22nd June 2016
Location 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1
When at 2pm
Cost £15; Guest price: £18

At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrow boat cabin, learn about the history of London’s canals, about the cargos carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian...

The Mansion House - Home of the Lord Mayor of the City of London

Date Wed 14th Sept 2016
Location Mansion House, London EC4
When 11.00am
Cost Friends price: £20; Guest price: £25

A Private Tour of the Harold Samuel Collection Formed of eighty four works of art, the Harold Samuel Collection is perhaps one of the best collections of Dutch art in the UK.   Lord Samuel of Wych Cross, a wealthy property developer and entrepreneur, left it to the City of London in 1987.     A...

Inspired by Waddesdon: Private Tour with Kate Malone of her current exhibition

Date Thurs 29th Sept 2016
Location Waddesdon Manor, Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18
When Meet at 10.30am
Cost Friends price £69; Guest price: £72 to include a tour of Eythrope, 2 course set lunch and tour of the exhibition “Inspired by Waddesdon” with Kate Malone.

I am delighted that I have been able to organise this exclusive day for the Friends. Ceramic artist, Kate Malone will be taking the group around her exhibition “Inspired by Waddesdon”. Some of you may know her as one of the judges on BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down. Her...

Shakespeare's London with City guide Tony Tucker

Date Wed 5th Oct 2016
Location Meet in the foyer of Blackfriars station on the corner of Queen Victoria St and Blackfriars Bridge, London EC4
When 2.00pm
Cost Friends price £15, Guest price £18

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death the Friends will be going on a journey through the City of London, where he spent the greatest part of his working life.   Today the City is a very different place from the narrow Elizabethan streets that would have been so familiar to the...

Chinese Export Silver with Stephen Stodel of S & J Stodel

Date Tues 11th Oct 2016
Location Vault 24, The Silver Vaults, Chancery Lance, London WC2
When 11.30am
Cost Friends price £12, Guest price £15

It was around 1975 that Stephen and Jeremy Stodel first noticed Chinese Export silver.  Although they had started as antique dealers a couple of years before that, their focus had always been on antique English silver.   As they travelled around auction rooms and markets, they noticed that some exquisite pieces did not...

Jockey Club Rooms & Art Collection

Date Thurs 20th Oct 2016
Location 101 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8JL

The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket have been at the heart of British horseracing for over 250 years.   The Club’s art collection spans four centuries and includes paintings by the great and the good in British sporting art from George Stubbs to Sir Alfred Munnings.   Guests will have lunch in the...

The Post War Textile Visionaries of Modern Art - Lecture with Ashley Gray, Director of Gray M.C.A.

Date Tues 1st Nov 2016
Location Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, Hammersmith Road, London W14
When 12.30pm
Cost Complimentary, Please apply for a fair entry ticket on the booking form

Gray MCA sources the rarest and best examples of textiles designed by the Modern British masters working at the forefront of the art world in post war Europe.   Artists such as Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Keith Vaughan and William Scott, with particular emphasis on original textiles from the Ascher Studio and Alistair...

HMS Belfast

Date Tues 8th Nov 2016
Location The Queen's Walk, London SE1
When 11.30am
Cost Friends price £16.50, Guest price £18.50

HMS Belfast was originally a Royal Navy light Cruiser. She was launched on St Patrick’s Day, in 1938.     She was commissioned in early August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.  Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany.     After being struck by a German...

JMW Turner - His Development as a Watercolour Artist. Private view watercolours at the Tate Print Room

Date Wed 16th Nov 2016
Location Tate Gallery Print Room, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1
When 2.15pm
Cost Friends price: £20; Guest price: £25

This will be a unique experience for members.    Art dealer, Jeremy Green from the Canon Gallery will select a group of Turner watercolours and sketchbooks showing the artists progression as a watercolour painter.     This will give the Friends the chance to see works that are generally not on view to the public....


Date Thurs 24th Nov 2016
Location Fossegate, York
When 12.30 for 1pm
Cost to be confirmed

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is the finest medieval guildhall in England. Built in 1357 it has been little altered over the years. Our lunch will be in a private room off the great hall. After the meal there will be a 45 minutes curator’s tour for those who would like...

Scottish Jewellery - An introduction with Robert Ogden

Date Thurs 1st Dec 2016
Location Richard Ogden Ltd, 28-29 Burlington Arcade, London W1
When 5.30pm
Cost Friends price £15, Guest price £18

With its’ use of semi-precious stones echoing the heather and moors of Scotland and strong Celtic design Scottish jewellery has a unique and timeless beauty.     Guests will learn much more about this style of jewellery and will be able to handle many of the attractive pieces that Robert Ogden stocks.     If...

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