Previous Trips



Autumn 2016 November
Visit to Moggerhanger Park Bedford. We had a conducted tour of the house - a Georgian house substantially modified  by John Soane between 1790 and 1793 for the eminent banker and director of the Bank of England Godfrey Thornton. Further complete re-modelling was carried out by John Soane for Stephen Thornton, son of Godfrey and the work being finally completed in 1812.
Our course tutor Maureen James gave a short talk on the connection between the Thornton family and the Abolition of Slavery movement..

Spring 2015          Visit to Cambridge Botanic Gardens with a guided tour conducted by Andrew Sankey our lecturer. Andrew showed us plants, shrubs and trees grown from seeds brought back by plant hunters we had been learning about during our course.


Spring 2013            Visit and walking tour of Stamford and it's churches, going on to two village churches in Rutland with David Bond as part of History of the English Parish course.

Autumn 2012     Visit to The British Museum with Mike Muncaster to see and exhibition -  Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain. Prints and drawings by mainly Spanish and important European artists working in Spain from the mid-16th to the first decades of the 19th century, many of which have never before been on display. Beginning with works by 16th-century artists working in and around Madrid, including those who arrived mainly from Italy, the selection progresses chronologically to include important works from Spain’s ‘Golden Age’ (the 17th century) by artists Diego Velázquez, Vicente Carducho and Alonso Cano in Madrid, Bartolomé Murillo and Francisco de Zubarán in Seville, and José de Ribera in Spanish Naples. Turning to the 18th century, key works by Francisco de Goya, his contemporaries and foreign artists such as the Italians Giambattista Tiepolo and his sons demonstrate how printmaking and drawing greatly increased during the period, forever changing the artistic landscape of Spain.

Spring    2012   Two trips to London with Terry Sladden about London and London artists. One to visit the East and West Ends of London and one to visit to London art galleries and the London Museum.  
Terry discusses art with class members at the Tate 30th March 2012

Autumn  2011    Visit to Southwell Workhouse (National Trust) with Liz Carter - Hark Hark  the Dogs do Bark

Summer 2011    7th September Woburn Abbey Gardens Red Book Tour in association with Riseley Gardening Club - discussing Humphry Repton's designs for the Duke of Bedford's garden at Woburn.

Summer 2011    3rd August  - Visit to Burghley House with Brian Jones

March    2011     Visit to Stowe Gardens with Brian Jones - History of Landscapes Gardens and Estates

Autumn  2010     Visit to Wellingboro Castle Cinema to see The Illusionist a Jaque Tati film - Introduction to Film

Autumn  2009      Visit to Gressenhall Workhouse Norfolk with Liz Carter - In and Out of the Workhouse

Spring    2006      Visit to London with Terry Sladden - History of British Architecture

Autumn  2001      Visit to Ely Cathedral with Robin Rowe - Architecture of English Cathedrals

Summer 1998       Visit to Horton Northants - Conucopia of Garden History