Visit to the Music Museum at Kew and Pitzhanger Manor on 30 April


Our first visit of the year is to the Music Museum at Kew where after coffee on arrival we will have a guided tour of the collection with demonstrations. After this we will proceed to Sir John Soane’s country seat at nearby Pitzhanger Manor where we can have lunch, have a guided tour and see the planned exhibition of all of Hogarth’s “The Rake’s Progress” which are rarely seen together. There is also a garden, weather permitting.

The cost of this trip is £45 including travel and guides.

Full details of the museum can be found by following this link:

And Pitzhanger Manor:

Visit to Waddesdon Manor on 2 July

On 2 July we visit Waddesdon Manor, the former home of the Rothschild family and have the opportunity to see its internationally famous collection.

We will have a guided tour after coffee of the house, hopefully before the house is open to the general public. There will then be free time to enjoy the house and gardens and there is a choice of places to have your lunch.

The price of £45 will include travel, coffee on arrival and a guided tour but does not include the National Trust entrance fee, as entry will be free to National Trust members.

Further information is available from the National Trust website:

Tickets for visits are normally sold at the two lectures prior to each event. Refunds may only be given in exceptional circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: Members attending trips and visits are asked to carry with them a list of any medication they are taking, in case of emergency.

Our Most Recent Visits:

On 19 September 2019 we visited the Ranger’s House in Greenwich and hall place and Gardens in the afternoon.

The Ranger’s House contains the Wernher Collection which comprises 700 items of art and simply amazing craftsmanship. We were treated to an excellent guided tour of the exhibits. The House seen from the rose garden at the rear is below:

At Hall Place we had lunch and refreshments as well as the chance to see its garden and park and tour the recently renovated Hall Place which had some interesting exhibits about the house in World Wars I and II as well as a small exhibition about Alcock and Brown.

A view of Hall Place from the side including the rose garden and its turret.

On 20th June 2019 we visited St Albans, with a guided tour of the Cathedral followed by the Verulamium Museum, the Amphitheatre and the Barbara Hepworth exhibition in the Town Museum.
Here are some pictures from the Cathedral…..

Introductory briefing in the nave.

At the shrine of St Alban

Medieval paintings on one of the pillars.

On 11th April 2019 we visited Dulwich Picture Gallery and Eltham Palace.
Here are some scenes from the Gallery……..

The Gallery Curator describing the Collection and its history.

A detailed view!

…….and from Eltham Palace

About to enter Sidney Courtauld’s wonderful Art Deco restored home

The Great Hall

To see photographs from earlier visits please click here.