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Holiday type Special interest holidays
Art & archaeology
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £299
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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Arts and crafts of the heart of England

Taking you from Wightwick Manor, a "House Beautiful" crammed full of treasures, to the Arts and Crafts churches of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, this special interest tour encompasses a wealth of high Victorian art and architecture.

Special Event highlights:

- Lectures from Dr Anne Anderson
- 'House Beautiful' Wightwick Manor
- Original Morris & Co wallpapers, fabrics and furniture
- Pre-Raphaelite art in Birmingham Art Gallery
- Beautiful Arts & Crafts churches in rural Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

Your guides are Dr Anne Anderson a NADFAS lecturer and art and crafts specialist whose academic papers have appeared in the Journal of the William Morris Society, Journal of the Pre-Raphaelite Society and many others. Anne will be joined by her husband Dr Scott Anderson, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design and is an Honorary Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.

Please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Included

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four star Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three course dinner with wine
  • Second night dinner in hotel restaurant
  • One light lunch
  • All talks, guided tours, and admissions
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed & breakfast basis
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Dr Anne Anderson – ‘Understanding the Pre-Raphaelites’.

Day two

This morning will be spent exploring Wightwick Manor. The house was built by Theodore Mander, of the wealthy industrialist Mander family, between 1887 and 1893. Theodore and his wife Flora were inspired by Oscar Wilde’s ‘the House Beautiful’ lecture when they came to decorate Wightwick’s interiors, filling it with the designs of William Morris and his contemporaries. In the afternoon we will travel into Birmingham to the museum and art gallery to see the Pre-Raphaelite collection, which includes Ford Madox Brown’s The Last of England, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine and Edward Burne-Jones’ Pygmalion series. Our last stop of the day will be St Philip’s cathedral to view the Burne-Jones stained glass windows. This evening there will be a lecture by Dr Anne Anderson – ‘Victorian Gothic to Arts and Crafts’ and dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day three

Our first stop today is St Leonard’s, Newland, chapel of the Beauchamp Community. Whilst here organist Charles Allsopp will talk about the chapel’s elaborate murals and the history of community which was founded for the retired agricultural workers of the Madresfield estate. We continue on to All Saints’ church set high above the River Wye at Brockhampton. This is an example of a perfect Arts and Crafts church enhanced by the additions of Morris/Burne-Jones tapestries. We continue onto Kempley to view the two churches - St Edward’s, built in 1903, using local materials and craftsmen, and, after tea and cake in the village hall, the 900 year old Norman church of St Mary. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour managers'

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
Hilton Bromsgrove, Birmingham

Located 20 minutes from Birmingham Airport, the fourstar Hilton Bromsgrove hotel is ideally located for the visits on this tour. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, indoor pool and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV and telephone. Complimentary car parking for Travel Editions clients is available at the hotel.
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