Tickets can be purchased by members for these events at the Lectures
- If you have any special requirements, eg wheelchair provision please make it clear when buying the ticket.
- Tickets are not transferable therefore if you are unable to attend the lecture having bought a ticket notify the organiser who will offer the place to someone on the waiting list. Only if this is successful will a refund be arranged.
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Tuesday 15 October 2019 – Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum
Booking Months: June, July and September
The museum is housed in factory buildings remaining when it closed in 2009. It holds the world’s largest collection of Worcester porcelain dating back to its inception in 1751.
In 1751 John Wall, a physician, and William Davis, an apothecary, with investment from a group of local businessmen, established a porcelain factory in Worcester on the banks of the river Severn. Royal Warrants were subsequently granted by George III, George IV and Charlotte, Princess of Wales due to the high quality of Worcester Porcelain and the word ‘Royal’ was added to the name.
Manufacture was consolidated on the current factory site in 1840 and major modernisation followed in 1862 leading to the formation of the Worcester Royal Porcelain Company Limited
On arrival we shall have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit and then enjoy a talk by Roger Green. With over 40 years experience in Ornamental Ware, Roger is well qualified to take visitors through the process of figurine construction from design to construction. His role at Royal Worcester covers every aspect of production and he will talk about the many designers and characters he worked with and will use real examples to show how the models were cut into pieces, blocked,cased and propped up ready for firing in the kiln. Many different skills are required in the ornamental department, and with the use of his own quirky stories about the eccentric workforce and the factory social scene, Roger will unravel the process which took seven months from design to completion.
Once you have heard Roger’s talk, you are free to visit the Museum Galleries at you leisure and watch Ken Russell , a master gilder, at work and marvel at the skills he shows .
We shall have lunch in a private room in the museum at about 1pm
After lunch you are free to leave the museum and can re-enter at any time of the day.
In addition to the Museum there is a Heritage Trail Walk. It is all close by.( You will be given a map) It includes Worcester Cathedral, 5mins away, The Commandery, a grade 1 listed property which served as King Charles’ 11 headquarters during the Civil War, Friars Street, which contains some of the oldest buildings in the city dating back to the 13th Century and The Infirmary which combines history, science,art and technology.
There is plenty to do and see for an enjoyable day out.
Tuesday 03 December 2019 – Tutankhamun Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, London
Booking Months: October and November
The final time these extraordinary treasures will appear in London and the largest Exhibition to ever tour, celebrating the centenary since the discovery of the tomb.
Over 150 priceless artifacts will be displayed.
Morning free for Christmas shopping and lunch in Kings Road with entry to exhibition at Saatchi Gallery 2pm
Thursday 19 March 2020 – The National and Globe Theatres
Booking Months: January and February 2020
Cost: to be decided
An Architectural and Back- Stage Tour of the National Theatre,London
and some interesting demonstrations at the Globe Theatre
Designed by the architect Denys Lasdun, The National Theatre has divided public opinion since it was opened in 1976. In 2001 a Radio Times poll featured Denys Lasdun’s building in the five most hated and most loved British buildings. We shall see for ourselves how Lasdun’s masterpiece is revealed anew. You learn about the history of the building and its carefully considered design .
We shall also get a behind-the scenes peak at the day to day running of the theatre.
The National Theatre creates over 20 new productions every year and on our tour we shall see preparations for a show including set building and the prop making in their workshop .
We shall then walk down to the Globe Theatre to see
a) A demonstration of Elizabethan dressing. Do you know the origin of the phrases “ straight laced “, or “ loose woman” or “ pin money” .Someone from our group will be dressed as a Shakespearean character and there will be a discussion of the significance of clothing in Elizabethan Society
b) A demonstration of Shakespeare’s use of Stage Fighting. We shall watch an exciting demonstration of Elizabethan stage combat techniques. This includes an explanation of how stage fighting was used Shakespeare and his contemporaries in Early Modern plays
Thursday 04 June 2020 – Frampton Court, Manor and Gardens
Booking Months: April and May
Cost: to be decided
Close to the eastern bank of the River Severn in Gloucestershire, Frampton Court has been the home of the Clifford family since 1730. The architectural splendour of Frampton Court is complimented by an outstanding collection of contemporary 18th century furniture and furnishings. The exquisite Frampton Flora watercolours are on display throughout the house. Jane Clifford, better known as ‘Fair Rosamund’ and mistress of Henry II was born at Frampton Manor in the 12th century. The Manor is surrounded by a diverse and extensively planted garden consisting of mature herbaceous borders, topiary, wild flower garden and a magnificent kitchen garden and orchard.
Lunch is included and will be in the Wool Barn.