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Arts and Crafts Treasures of the Heart of England
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 & 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.
- Two nights' bed and breakfast at the 4-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
- 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 2: The Mander family were allegedly inspired to create Wightwick Manor after hearing Oscar Wilde give his famous 'House Beautiful' lecture in Wolverhampton; it is filled with treasures from Burne-Jones’s poignant 'Love Among the Ruins' to G.F Watts’s sumptuous 'Jeanie' Hughes, Mrs Nassau Senior. After lunch (not included) continue to Birmingham Cathedral and then onwards to the Birmingham City Art Gallery to see masterpieces by Ford Madox Brown (The Last of England), John Everett Millais (The Blind Girl), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Proserpine) and Edward Burne- Jones’s Pygmalion series. Evening talk by Anne Anderson “Victorian Gothic to Arts and Crafts” followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: Travel first to Malvern in Worcestershire and a stop off at The Chapel of the Beauchamp Community where the organist Charles Allsopp will explain the murals and the history of the community of almshouses for the retired agricultural workers from the Madresfield estate. In 2009 a terrific amount of work was completed to refurbish the organ (Nicholsons of Worcester, 1864) and the beautiful but damaged murals in the east end of the building which have been restored where there has been water damage. Then onto All Saints' Church at Brockhampton, set high above the River Wye. A perfect Arts and Crafts church enriched with Morris/Burne-Jones tapestries and windows by Christopher Whall. All Saint’s Brockhampton is architect William Lethaby’s masterpiece and the thatched roof belying its completion in 1902. After a light lunch (included) you will be guided around Kempley’s two delightful churches: St Edward’s, built in 1903 by Randall Wells using local craftsmen, fulfils the idealism of a movement that sought to make work meaningful and pleasurable. Then, after tea and cake in the Village Hall, we go to the outskirts of the village to visit St. Mary’s which is Kempley’s Norman church, with its astonishing medieval wall paintings, stained glass window by Kempe and the oldest open timber roof structure in NW Europe. Return to your hotel is approximately 17.30pm.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour managers' discretion
Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
Located 20 minutes from Birmingham Airport, the 4-star 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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