Visit to British Postal Museum and Archive
Wednesday 21 January 2015

The BPMA holds records of the Post Office from 1636 to the present day. The GPO was one of the great patrons of commercial artists and designers along with London Transport, Shell and British Airways: our visit will concentrate on some of the 6000 posters and artworks in the archive, from the 1930s to the present. As well as familiar names such as Eric Fraser and Hans Schleger (‘Zero’) there are unexpected ones like Ronald Searle, Osbert Lancaster and a handful of Bloomsberries. We also hope to see some other material such as original designs for postboxes and greetings telegrams and curiosa such as 19th-century postmen’s hats.


Visit to the Higgins Art Gallery and Museum Bedford
Tuesday 10 February 2015

The Curator Victoria Partridge will lead our visit to the newly refurbished Gallery and Museum, which apart from a very fine collection of paintings, prints and decorative arts, including some 200 objects from the Handley-Read Collection, has the two largest collections outside London of works by William Burges and Edward Bawden.


Lecture: Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Pursuit of Beauty
Wednesday 18 February 2015

Eric Knowles is the well known Antiques Expert and a familiar figure on the Antiques Road Show, as well as the presenter of many other popular BBC programmes. In particular, Eric catalogued the internationally renowned collection of Tiffany Glass in the Haworth Gallery in Accrington. Tiffany’s talents and career were many sided but this talk will focus on his preoccupation with glass and its decorative potential, looking at his breathtaking range of windows, vases, tiles, lamps and other lighting from the 1880s until 1928.


Private View of a Collection of British Art Pottery Sale
Saturday 21 February 2015

We will have a private view of the forthcoming sale in Salisbury of probably the finest private collection of Ruskin and Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery in Britain, complemented by examples from Bernard Moore and William De Morgan and contemporary ceramics by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, John Ward and Peter Hayes. Michael Jeffrey of Woolley & Wallis will give an introduction to the collection and participants will receive a free catalogue – as well as a glass of wine.


City of Westminster Archives Centre
Thursday 12 March 2015

This will be an opportunity to explore the history of Liberty, the world-famous store founded in 1875, and to view outstanding archive material illustrating its Arts and Crafts designs. Highlights will include early catalogues of oriental imports, correspondence with Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane and a signed fabric design by C.F.A. Voysey as well as photographs of the fabric printing at Merton Abbey. Sketchbooks and catalogues of silver, pewter and jewellery showcase the work of Archibald Knox and Jessie M. King, and early furniture catalogues illustrate the work of the Liberty Design Studio. We will end with tea at the Wash-House Café.


Study Visit to Lotherton Hall, Aberford, Leeds
Thursday 16 April 2015

Adam White, Curator of Lotherton Hall, Leeds Arts Galleries, and Sarah Nichols will lead tours and study sessions at Lotherton Hall, an Edwardian house once home to the Gascoigne family and with interesting collections of 19th- and 20th-century furniture and ceramics from the Leeds Art Galleries collections.
See p.5 for a description of the house.

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The tour of Croatia
Encompassing Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, is now scheduled for
21–27 September 2015


Foreign Tours 2016

Plans further ahead include Helsinki in May 2016 and Dresden and Beyond with Harriet Landseer in September 2016.

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


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