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Liverpool Heritage Tour

Heritage tour to Liverpool on Saturday 22 April. Starting at Sefton Park, then the City Centre, with Tracey Emin Exhibition at Tate Liverpool, Adrian Henri at St George's Hall, Victorian Painting at the Walker Art Gallery, and Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock MP statues at Lime Street Station.








We also drove down Penny Lane, seeing the sites mentioned in The Beatles famous song.


Supersalt Saturday

Mike Troy ran salt painting workshops at the Supersalt Saturday event at the Lion Salt Works on 18 March.





Heritage Tours 2017

Liverpool
Croxteth Hall and Victorian Treasures
Saturday 22 April
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c).
£17 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket

We start the day with a visit to Croxteth Hall. Now managed by the City of Liverpool, Croxteth Hall Country Park is at the heart of what was once a fantastic country estate and ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. It has been described as one of the "finest working country estates in the North West". Within the estate there is the Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, and the Victorian Walled Garden where visitors can explore Liverpool's historic botanical collection. The Hall was built in 1575, with additions in the Tudor, Georgian and Queen Anne styles.

We then move into the city centre, where there is plenty to explore, including the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool World Museum, Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool Life, St George's Hall, Tate Liverpool, plus a thriving shopping centre.

The special exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery is Victorian Treasures. Victorian Treasures brings together more than 60 outstanding Victorian paintings and watercolours from the art collections of National Museums Liverpool. The exhibition explores the work of leading 19th Century classical artists such as Frederic Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edward John Poynter. It also showcases work from pioneering Pre-Raphaelite artists including John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.

Victorian Treasures was organised and selected in partnership with the exhibition agency Artis Inc and the art historian Christopher Newall. This hugely popular exhibition toured four major cities in Japan during 2015 and 2016 and was seen by over 150,000 visitors.

The British Music Experience opens on 9 March in the Cunard Building, and is the UK's Museum of Popular Music. State of the art effects and iconic memorabilia will show how rock, pop, dance and other genres were formed and have influenced the last sixty years of British culture. The Museum will take you all the way back to 1945 and bring you up to the present day through the different musical genres. You will eavesdrop on interviews with the stars, witness amazing artefacts “come to life”, record songs, learn instruments, bust moves on the dancefloor and immerse yourself in our live music experience. As you progress through the 8 ‘edge zones’, you will explore the rich heritage of British music against a social and political context.

Click here to download Liverpool City Centre Map.


Ludlow and Stokesay Castle
Saturday 20 May
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.00am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.30am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (b).
£22 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket

Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with a lively community feel, busy with events and festivals throughout the year. The historic town centre is situated on a cliff above the River Teme and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

The impressive ruins of Ludlow Castle occupy the oldest part of the town . Building of the castle started around 1086, with many later additions in the following two centuries. It is one of the most interesting castles in the Marches, in a dominant and imposing position high above the river Teme. It features examples of architecture from the Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods. Saint Laurence’s Church was established as a place of worship when the Normans founded Ludlow in the late 11th century. It is the largest parish church in Shropshire and is described as the "cathedral of the Marches". The tower is 135 feet (41 metres) high and commands excellent views of the town and surrounding countryside. Ludlow Museum tells the history of the town and surrounding area.

After lunch we visit Stokesay Castle, where you can step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Discover the great hall, unchanged for over 700 years.  Spot characters carved in the timbers of the 17th-century gatehouse and climb to the top of a fairy-tale tower for breath-taking views of the Shropshire Hills.

Stokesay Castle was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It remains a treasure by-passed by time, one of the best places to visit in England to experience what medieval life was like.

Click here to download a Map of Ludlow.


Hull - UK City of Culture 2017
Saturday 17 June
Coach leaves Winsford @ 7.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (a).
£25 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket


We make a visit to the UK City of Culture 21017 - Hull.  The newly re-opened Ferens Art Gallery has a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by European Old Masters, portraiture, marine painting, and modern and contemporary British art. Highlights include masterpieces by Lorenzetti, Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Frederick Leighton, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing. During 2017, five of Francis Bacon’s notorious ‘Screaming Popes’ will be on loan to Ferens, including his masterpiece, Head VI (1949) from the Arts Council Collection.

Humber Street Gallery is a new contemporary art space nestled in the heart of the city’s Fruit Market cultural quarter. Housed in a former fruit warehouse, the gallery will showcase the best in contemporary visual arts from the shocking to the sublime.  

Hull Maritime Museum is housed in the Victorian Dock Offices in Queen Victoria Square. These nautical themed offices were designed by Christopher G Wray and originally opened in 1871. Now they display Hull's maritime activities from the late 18th century to present. Discover the whaler’s craft of Scrimshaw and see a full sized whale skeleton, alongside superb ship models and stunning artefacts from Hull's whaling, fishing and merchant trade.

The Hull and East Ridding Museum tells the story of the area over the last 235 million years, from mammoths to Vikings, Romans to the Medieval.

The Hands on History Museum, in the old Grammar School where William Wilberforce studied, houses the story of Hull and its people. Hands on History includes a fascinating glimpse into Victorian times, the Story of Hull and also features the Egyptian Gallery. This gallery is home to a genuine 2,600 year old mummy and unique replicas of King Tutankhamen’s treasures.

Wilberforce House is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, famous campaigner against the slave trade. Admission to Wilberforce House is free. The museum tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery. Galleries also offer a fascinating glimpse into West African culture. The permanent displays at Wilberforce House include journals and items that belonged to William Wilberforce, including original costume. There are many significant items linked to slavery and the campaign to abolish it.

Click here to download a Map of Hull City Centre.

There is an associated lecture by Adrian Sumner on Wednesday 17 May. Click here for details.


Worcester and Hanbury Hall
Saturday 22 July
Coach leaves Winsford @ 7.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (a).
£24 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket

Worcester Cathedral has been described as possibly the most interesting of all England’s cathedrals, especially architecturally. It was founded in 680. Saint Oswald then built another cathedral in 983, and established a monastery attached to it. Saint Wulfstan, who rebuilt the cathedral in 1084, began the present building.

The Commandery is a glorious Grade 1 listed site dating back to the 12th century, and has had a long and varied history that is reflected in its range of architectural styles from medieval to Victorian. The Commandery has exciting stories to tell you about power, greed, war, wealth, romance, death, society and industry. Worchester City Art Gallery and Museum hosts a unique programme of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as housing a historic picture collection and an intriguing selection of objects ranging from a 19th century chemist’s shop to the wonderful Worcester sauce machine.


Hanbury Hall (NT) is a homely William and Mary-style house completed in 1701. It is famed for its fine painted ceilings and staircase by Sir James Thornhill. The stunning garden, recreated in keeping with the period of the house, is surrounded by a park, with beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. Fascinating features within the garden include an orangery, ice house, 18th century bowling green and working mushroom house.

Click here to download a Battle of Worcester City Centre Trail and Map.


Tewkesbury
Saturday 12 August
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.00am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 8.30am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (b).
£24 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket

The Historic Town of Tewkesbury, on the River Severn in Gloucestershire, is where time stood still for 150 years, ensuring the preservation of its medieval character and layout to the present day. It is now a thriving town and at the same time is a living museum of architecture and social history spanning over 500 years. The town has such a perfectly preserved medieval character that in 1964 The Council of British Archaeology listed it amongst 57 towns "so splendid and so precious that the ultimate responsibility for them should be of national concern".

Tewkesbury Abbey bears significant resemblances to its sister church of St Peter's, Gloucester and the twin western towers seem to have been originally planned on the lines of those at Southwell Minster. An indication of this is the thickness of the walls and the solid bays at the west end of the north and south aisles. But plans for this were abandoned. However the superb Norman arch together with its flanking turrets give us what is undoubtedly one of the finest west fronts in England. The Norman choir and transepts of Tewkesbury were probably the earliest four-storeyed buildings in Europe. The tower, completed in the latter half of the 12th century, is certainly the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England and dominates not only the building but also the town and the surrounding countryside. In the south ambulatory are the tombs of some of the earlier abbots. Among them is the tomb of Abbot Alan who died in 1202. He came to Tewkesbury as Abbot having been Prior of Canterbury and it is his first hand account of the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket, still extant in the British Library, which tells us most of what we know of that tragic event.

The Town Museum tells the story of Tewkesbury from the Romans, through the Medieval period and the Wars of the Roses, to the Tudors. The John Moore Countryside Museum is a collection displayed to honour the writings on nature conservation of the late John Moore. Central to the museum is the Natural History Collection of preserved mammals and birds, nearly all the victims of accidents or predators. Displays of hand tools illustrate how people have shaped the countryside which we know today. The museum also houses part of the Alan R. Jack collection of wildlife sculptures, made entirely from scrap metal parts.

Click here to download a Map of Tewkesbury Town Centre


Stoke & Biddulph Grange Gardens
Saturday 9 September
Coach leaves Winsford @ 8.30am through to 
Northwich Memorial Court @ 9.00am
Full list of pickup points and times here - schedule (c).
£17 (entry fees extra) - click here to book online
or phone Carol on 07932927694 to reserve your ticket

We start the day at the heart of the Potteries in Hanley, with a visit to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Discover the Staffordshire Hoard display along with the history of the Potteries, including the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. See a Spitfire in the home city of its designer, Reginald Mitchell. Relax at the museum cafĂ© or browse the Foyer Shop for unique quality gifts. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is also home to Ozzy the famous pottery owl.

A short walk away is the Emma Bridgewater Factory. Emma Bridgewater first came to Stoke-on-Trent in 1985 when a local pottery company helped her to create her very first pieces. In 1996 she and husband Matthew Rice moved production to the traditional Victorian pot bank alongside the Caldon Canal where every piece of pottery is still made by hand. Around 185 people work at the Emma Bridgewater Factory on Lichfield Street, a site first opened by the Meakin brothers in 1883. There is a shop, cafe and garden.

Hanley is also the major shopping centre for the "six towns".

After lunch we visit Biddulph Grange Gardens (NT). This amazing Victorian garden was created by James Bateman for his collection of plants from around the world. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen. The garden features collections of rhododendrons, summer bedding displays, a stunning dahlia walk in late summer and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain, brought from China in the 1850s.

The Geological Gallery shows how Bateman reconciled geology and theology. The Gallery contains a selection of fossils and geological strata displayed in a chronological order determined by both mid-19th century geological knowledge and the Christian story of Genesis. The form in which the fossils are displayed – separated into bays numbered according to the days of creation – makes the structure the only survival of its kind.




Art Treasures of Europe's Great Cities

Art Treasures of Europe's Great Cities
with Adrian Sumner
Park Suite
Winnington Park Recreation Club
Park Road
Winnington
Northwich
CW8 4EB

All lectures lavishly illustrated with hundreds of colour images.
2.00pm - £5.00 - Click on the links below to book tickets online.
Click on the postcode above for a map to the venue.
Plenty of free car parking.


Art Treasures of Rome
Wednesday 22 February

This visit to the Eternal City looks at its wealth of art and architecture, reflecting nearly three millennia of civilisation, and all the drama which goes with it. Rome is full of angels, and we will seek them out in churches, galleries and museums, in public places and secret gardens. Ideal for anyone with an existing interest in European and Italian art, in the work of Michelangelo, Raphael or indeed Zaha Hadid, or the desire to explore new territories – a journey of discovery for all.

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Art Treasures of Berlin 
Wednesday 29 March 

Berlin has a grandeur which is a most appropriate setting for the enormous quantity of art treasures it contains. Its history in the 19th and 20th Centuries is compacted to make a City full of atmosphere and ambience, which combines with incomparable art and architecture to make an unforgettable experience. Not to mention Cabaret, Kathe Kollwitz, and all the New Art and Architecture which make the city Europe’s most ‘happening’ visitor destination.

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Art Treasures of Madrid 
Wednesday 26 April

Madrid is a unique city by any standards, characterised by its ‘barrio’ (neighbourhood) character, and all the old cliches (passionate, chaotic, capricious), given full reign in the aftermath of Franco and the cultural isolation he imposed. ‘Madrilenos’ (inhabitants of Madrid) reckon that after Madrid there is only one place to go – Heaven – and its certainly true that for lovers of art of all nations, Heaven is that one step closer in Madrid, with its magnificent collections. This tour introduces Spanish art, and the great international collections held by some of the world’s richest museums – it is suitable for anyone with a love of art and the desire to know more.

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Art Treasures of Hull  - City of Culture 2017
Wednesday 17 May

To coincide with Hull’s year of City of Culture, and the DAN trip to explore it, this lecture looks at the wealth of History, Architecture and Art Treasures to be found there.Visiting the celebrated, refurbished and redisplayed Ferens Art Gallery, we also dive into the numerous new and temporary Public Artworks, Displays and Exhibitions, as well as examining the popular Myth/Story/Fairytale that Rembrandt lived and worked in Hull for a time.

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