Activities

To book any WMF Britain event, please click on title or call 0207 2518142
(credit cards accepted).

Apr 2014


Deptford Dockyard & National Maritime Museum

Wed 30
Apr
10am-4pm

Seminar

Deptford Dockyard was included in the 2014 World Monuments Watch due to the outstanding global significance of the site both historically and archaeologically and the threat of unsympathetic development. In 1513 Henry VIII founded the Royal naval Dockyard at Deptford,and the King’s Yard became the foremost Royal dockyard of the Tudor period. Hundreds of warships and trading vessels were built here, including ships for exploration, science and empire. The Mary Rose was launched from Deptford in 1517, and the dockyard remained a naval powerhouse for another 350 years. The history of Deptford as the lost piece of the Thames jigsaw will be explored in the comfort of the Master Shipwright’s house which sits alongside this threatened site and an afternoon trip to the archives of the National Maritime.

Price includes a hearty lunchand refreshments throughout. Admissions are included in the cost. Will include some walking between sites and only suitable for those who are physically able. Please advise of dietary requirements in advance.

10am-4pm (meet at Deptford Tube Station, TBC and day ends in Greenwich)

Member/Supporter: £50, Non member: £60

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May 2014


Sulgrave Manor: House & Garden

Wed 14
May
10am-4pm

Seminar

Sulgrave, a Tudor manor house in the Northamptonshire countryside, is an ancestral home of George Washington, and above the door remains the family’s sixteenth-century coat of arms depicting the stars and stripes which may have influenced the American flag. This study day offers a unique insight into this internationally important yet little known manor house, its interiors, garden and museum collection. It will also include a special tour of the herb garden which is run by The Herb Society and an opportunity to hear about the life at the manor from those who are working to secure its future.

Price includes a hearty lunchand refreshments throughout. Admissions are included in the cost. Will include some walking between sites and only suitable for those who are physically able. Please advise of dietary requirements in advance.

10am-4pm (meet at Banbury Train Station where transport will be arranged to Sulgrave)

Member/Supporter: £50, Non member: £60

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May 2014


William Kent at the V&A;: Designing Georgian Britain

Wed 21
May
10am-2pm/4pm

Seminar

The work of William Kent will be particularly familiar to those who have visited Stowe House where the celebrated architect’s prominent ceiling graces the beautiful North Hall. This much anticipated new exhibition at the V&A celebrates Kent’s work throughout early Georgian England, bringing together a unique collection of architectural drawings, sculpture and furniture. After a private view of the exhibition we will assemble at the Royal Geographical Society for a series of short lectures on interior design by Patrick Baty of Papers & Paints, and his furnishings, by William Lorimer of Christie’s. Lunch will be followed by an optional visit to Chiswick House and Gardens with Dr Esmé Whittaker, the Curator for London & East at English Heritage. Kent took a leading role in creating Chiswick’s gardens, where he, along with Lord Burlington, experimented with new styles of design.

Price includes a hearty lunch and refreshments throughout. Admissions are included in the cost. Will include some walking between sites and only suitable for those who are physically able. Please advise of dietary requirements in advance.

HALF DAY 10am-2pm (Meet at the V&A)

TICKETS: Member/Supporter: £25, Non member: £35

FULL DAY 10am-4pm (Meet at the V&A, public transport will be used to travel between South Kensington and Chiswick House)

TICKETS: Member/Supporter: £50, Non member: £60

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Jun 2014


Architecture & Memory

Mon 9
Jun
6.30pm

Public Talk

Architecture and Memory is a special evening dedicated to exploring the legacy of historic sites. Some are obvious, others remain hidden until revealed through research.

Following an introduction by WMF President Bonnie Burnham, WMF Chairman Emeritus John Julius Norwich and distinguished writer William Dalrymple will share their entertaining insights on how important historic sites around the world can reveal the memories of our ancestors and ourselves.

The May Fair Theatre at 6.30pm.

The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8LT

Members/supporters £15

Non-members £25

(Ticket price includes a glass of wine).

To book call 020 7251 8142 or book online.

We are grateful to our sponsor, The May Fair Hotel

www.themayfairhotel.co.uk


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Jun 2014


Coventry Cathedral: A Future for its Past

Thu 19
Jun
10am-4pm

Seminar

The ruins of St Michael’s Cathedral, Coventry are a uniquely powerful reminder of the effects of war. They are also the remains of England’s largest medieval parish church, from which an astonishing collection of stained glass was removed a year prior to the city’s bombing. This study day examines the imaginative WMFB project to conserve and display the glass within the context of the much overlooked buildings of medieval Coventry and the new designs by leading glass artist John Reyntiens and Kirsty Brooks. We will also review the work at the site to which WMFB has contributed and visit St Mary’s Guildhall, a hidden gem in the city and Holy Trinity Church with its evocative Doom painting.

Price includes a hearty lunchand refreshments throughout. Admissions are included in the cost. Will include some walking between sites and only suitable for those who are physically able. Please advise of dietary requirements in advance.

10am-4pm (meet at the Cathedral)

TICKETS: Member/Supporter: £50, Non member: £60

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Oct 2014


Stowe House and Gardens Study Day

Wed 29
Oct
10.30am-4pm

Public Talk

Seminar

Stowe House is nearing the end of a £20 million, 10 year restoration project. This summer the focus will shift to the North Hall where the painted ceiling is the work of 18th century architect William Kent. This day combines glorious landscape with art-historical richness and conservation expertise in the house – a ‘behind the scaffold’ view of conservation work in the North Hall will be a particular highlight of the day, as well as a review of the plans for the new Interpretation Centre.

10am-4pm (transfers from Milton Keynes train station available)

TICKETS: Member/Supporter: £50, Non member: £60

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