Visit to the John Lewis Heritage Centre, Cookham, Berks
Tuesday 5 July 2016

Tucked away in this pretty riverside village, the John Lewis Partnership has built an architect-designed centre to house its records. The archivist will introduce us to the archive and the history of the company from its inception in 1864 to the department store we know and love today. After a visit to the archive, which holds 25,000 samples of textiles as well as other artefacts, we will be free to explore a display of over 4000 fabric designs, including examples by Morris, Voysey and Lucienne Day. Return to the Centre after lunch or visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery nearby.

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Visit to the Stanley Picker House
Thursday 8 September 2016

Stanley Picker was a patron of the arts who formed a very individual collection of 20th-century paintings and sculptures. His house was designed by Kenneth Wood and built in 1968. The specification was to create a space both to display his art and make a home. The two-hour guided tour will study the architecture, the paintings, the furnishings and the beautiful gardens.


Walking Tour of King’s Cross Development
Thursday 21 July and Saturday 23 July 2016

After 150 years of industrial use, the area to the north of King’s Cross station is being transformed into a vibrant new city quarter. Restored historic buildings are complemented by contemporary architecture by award-winning architects set within a framework of new parks, squares and streets. Our tour of this exciting area starts with the two iconic stations and finishes at a flat in the first residential building on the site, ArtHouse, designed by dRMM, where we will have refreshments.


Visit to Clarence House
Tuesday 30 August 2016

We have arranged a visit to Clarence House (John Nash, 1825–7), a royal residence for over 180 years, now the official residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Decoration has been renewed by Robert Kime for the current occupants, but the arrangement of the rooms and the groupings of their contents remain much as they were in Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s time, with works from Her Majesty’s famous collection in their original positions. After the visit we move down to Waterloo Place for tea at the Athenaeum (Decimus Burton, 1827–30), with interesting remnants of the Pompeian-inspired interior decorations of the 1890s.


Private Evening Visit to Westminster Abbey
Thursday 15 September 2016

Our Chairman has arranged a visit to the Abbey to look at the post-1850 architecture, monuments and fittings. George Gilbert Scott took over as Surveyor of the Fabric in 1849, and he and his successor J.L. Pearson are some of many who have left their mark on this building, whose special atmosphere can best be appreciated when the crowds have departed. We will be joined by Dr Stephen Brindle of English Heritage, an expert on Scott. The visit begins with optional attendance at Choral Evensong before we assemble for the tour in the Cloisters. The visit ends with drinks in Cheynegates.

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Visit to a Private Collection in Charlbury, Oxfordshire
Wednesday 5 October 2016

This private collection has been assembled gradually since the early 1990s, and is quite strong on Morris & Co. and pieces illustrated in Eastlake’s Hints. But there are also examples of work by Pugin, Butterfield, Godwin, De Morgan, Bruce Talbert, Herter Brothers, Collinson & Lock, Liberty’s, Benson, Dresser, and others, and a lot of paintings and drawings of the period. For those with interests outside the 19th century, there is a Hogarth room (engravings) and a large group of pictures by the 20th-century figurative painter Percy Horton. The visit includes coffee/tea on arrival, and a light buffet lunch with wine.

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Private Visit to Study a Barnsley Collection
Tuesday 11 October 2016

A visit to a house in north London to view a collection of furniture by Edward Barnsley and his workshop from 1950s to the present, some of which has been exhibited. James Ryan, the inspired Designer/Manager of the workshop, will lead a private study session. There are also a few small pieces by Stanley Davies and a chair by Eric Sharpe.


DAS Study Day at the William Morris Gallery
Thursday 20 October 2016

The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris, designer, writer and political activist. In 2012 the Gallery was fully refurbished with Heritage Lottery Funding. The Study Day will include an introduction and morning visit to the stores led by curators Carien Kremer and Rowan Bain. After lunch in the Acanthus Room, Anne Ceresole will talk about the works of the Century Guild which prefigure Art Nouveau.

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AGM at Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Saturday 12 November 2016

The AGM will be held again at Sotheby’s Institute of Art by kind permission of the Director. The formal proceedings will be followed by brief talks on current museum developments or decorative arts studies. There will be the traditional raffle in aid of DAS funds and a buffet lunch with wine for which there is a charge.
Please note that attendance at the AGM is free but for security reasons DAS members must register their name with the organiser.


Visit to the Central Criminal Court
Tuesday 22 November 2016

The ‘Old Bailey’(1900–7, with later additions) is the most famous criminal court in the country and the site of notable trials, both real and fictional. It is also a splendid example of what Pevsner describes as ‘Neo-English Baroque’, with Art Nouveau plasterwork, restored after war damage; and the unexpected home of royal statues, both baroque and Victorian, the latter intended for the Palace of Westminster. We will be shown the building by a judge whose professional life has been spent there. The visit will end with a reception in the Judges’ Dining Room.


Lecture: Max Donnelly, ‘C.F.A. Voysey’
Monday 28 November 2016

Max Donnelly, Curator of Nineteenth-Century Furniture at the V&A, has co-authored the first substantial monograph to focus on Voysey’s activities as a designer of decorative arts: C.F.A. Voysey, Arts and Crafts Designer (V&A Publishing, 2016). Drawing on the wealth of new research undertaken for the book, he will discuss Voysey’s furniture, as well as the extraordinarily varied range of designs for metalwork, ceramics, textiles and wallpapers produced by the great architect-designer.

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Foreign Tours 2016

Late May/June 2016

Alex Werner and Ann Eatwell will lead a five-day visit to Helsinki which will focus on Jugendstil and Modernism, the works of Aalto and Saarinen and the Finnish glass industry.

Dresden and Beyond
26 September – 1 October 2016

Dresden and Beyond: from Gründerzeit to Modernism to include the Hellerau garden district, Leipzig, and the Bauhaus at Dessau: led by Harriet Landseer

Please send expressions of interest in all cases to Margaret Baird, margaretjbaird@gmail


Northern France
17-20 May 2017
Led by Dr. Leon Lock based around visits to Lille, Roubaix, the Mallet-Stevens Villa at Cavroix and the new Louvre at Lens

Autumn 2017



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