AMS Visits are open to members and members’ guests. Advance booking is strongly advised. All 2016 visits are now fully booked.
Thursday 20th October, 1.00pm. KELMSCOTT HOUSE, HAMMERSMITH, LONDON
William Morris was the founder of Architectural Conservation as we know it as well as being a consummate artist in stained glass, textiles and murals. The principal museum in London to his memory is his childhood home at Walthamstow – but there is another based in one of his homes as an adult, Kelmscott House on the bank of the Thames. Members are being offered a privileged visit to the museum based there, outside normal hours, with a tour of the remainder of the house which is not normally open, followed by tea in the fine 18th century River House next door. £12 per person, all in
Friday 18th November, 2 – 4pm HARLAXTON MANOR, LINCS
Harlaxton is one of the most extraordinary of all Midlands houses, “ a veritable palace” as Pevsner terms it, built for the collector, Gregory Gregory by Anthony Salvin and William Burn over some twenty years finishing in 1851. Its “Elizabethan” exterior is the rival of most of the real “Prodigy Houses” put up under Good Queen Bess whilst Gregory’s love affair with the Baroque comes out in a theatrical stairhall that comes straight from Central Europe. Again as Pevsner says “it has to be seen to be believed”. Harlaxton, now owned by an American university, is only open one day a year to the general public but we are to be given a private guided tour. The house is a comparatively easy taxi ride from Grantham Station and has plenty of provision for car parking. £15 per person, to include admission and tea
Wednesday 7th December 2pm DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE SPITALFIELDS
Dennis Severs was an Anglophile Californian who purchased one of the early 18th century Huguenot houses on the edge of the City of London in 1979 at a time when it was still rundown. His recreations of the life of the imaginary but historically plausible owners of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Jervis family stirred the imagination of novelists, historians and the general visitor and attracted visits from all over the world. The house in Folgate Street has been taken into the care of the Spitalfields Building Preservation Trust which will be displaying the house for our visit in December in its famous Christmas Reincarnation.
£15 per person – this tour is charged at cost