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02 October 2019Wimpole Hall & Fitzwilliam Museum
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13 November 2018The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries and later Choral Evensong in Peterborough Cathedral
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16 November 2017William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow
09 October 2017Overseas tour to Sicily - 9th - 15th October 2017
15 June 2017John Constable, Flatford Mill & East Bergholt & The Place for Plants, East Bergholt
22 May 2017The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art
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11 November 2015Visit - The Tower of London
15 June 2015Tour - Ballymaloe and Tom Duncan's Tour of the Houses and Gardens of Cork.
11 June 2015Visit - Kew Gardens
02 March 2015Visit - Cheffins, Cambridge
16 February 2015Visit - Theatre Royal, Norwich The Russian Ballet - La Fille Mal Gardee
20 January 2015Visit - The Assay Office, Goldsmiths Hall
05 December 2014Tour - New York USA
12 November 2014Visit - Theatre Royal, Norwich Glyndebourne Touring Opera - Verdi's La Traviata Theatre Royal
15 October 2014Visit - Recognition of the Outbreak of World War 1
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Wimpole Hall & Fitzwilliam Museum
Wednesday 02 October 2019

Wimpole Hall has a rich history of many different owners, all putting their mark on the architecture and interior design of the building.  It is a complex house with a spectacular architectural pedigree.  The original building (1640-70) was almost certainly designed by its owner, Sir Thomas Chicheley.  It was extended in 1713-21 by James Gibbs and decorated by Sir James Thornhill.  In the mid-18th century, Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, commissioned Henry Flitcroft to re-face the central block and to make various internal alterations.

We will start with coffee in the cafe at 10.00am followed by a private guided tour of the hall and grounds.

After our tour lunch is available in The Old Rectory Restaurant with a terrace overlooking the garden.

Following lunch we head off for The Fitzwilliam Museum to see the Lennox-Boyd collection showcasing rare and exquisitely decorated fans from the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd.  The display reveals the techniques behind the making, investigation and conservation of fans.

Click here for a short video of what you can expect to see.

Afternoon tea is available in the Courtyard cafe.

Cost:  £15 for national trust members;  £30 for non members.  

N.B. The cost includes coach travel but does not include the cost of refreshments.

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