We offer a full programme of outings linked to the courses and study days.
Below are details of visits organised for 2020
Please remember that priority will be given for members attending the class.
As much information as possible about walking conditions on each outing will be advertised. Members must ensure that they can cope with the walking without delaying the group. Please wear sensible clothing
and footwear and bring any walking aids that are necessary.
The committee reserves the right to refuse any application if it is felt that the member may incur an unacceptable risk.
Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Wardown Museum, Luton and Rothschild Natural History Museum, Tring.
A visit to the museum set in Wardown House, Luton, the family home of a wealthy Victorian Scargill family and now a grade II listed building. It became a military hospital during WWI. Apart from lace and other collections, Wardown Museum houses the largest hat collection in the UK. (Stairs to upper floors) Lunch in Tring High Street before a ‘behind the scenes’ tour at the Rothchild Natural History Museum,Tring. There will also be a chance to see the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year Highlights’, which explores the world’s best photography, highlighting the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. (Lifts to all levels)
Monday 24th February 2020
Frogmore Paper Mill
Visit the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution in Hemel Hempstead. In 1803 the world’s first commercial papermaking machine was installed here. Over 200 years later, the mill is still operational and run by a charitable trust to conserve this unique industrial heritage.
The trip will include refreshments, a guided tour and a chance to make your own paper.
There will be free time for lunch in St Albans, where a visit to the newly restored (£7.75 million refurbishment), Georgian grade II listed town hall is strongly recommended. This contains a small museum, a beautiful assembly room; subterranean prison cells and one of the few pre-Victorian court rooms, now a unique café.
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Steam, Museum of the Great Western Railway.
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. Situated right opposite the Swindon Designer Outlet, the museum tells the story of the men and women, who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway, often referred to by historians and railway fans as ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’. The pioneering vision and engineering genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel led to the Great Western Railway network becoming regarded as the most advanced in the world.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Headstone Manor and Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner.
The Grade 1 listed Manor House tells the many tales of the people who once lived there, as well as the history of the whole Harrow area. As you travel through the house, from the most recently built parts to the oldest, you will travel back in time, ending up in the early medieval house which still stands an astonishing part of Harrow’s early history. For those who are more interested in the architecture of this fascinating site, the complex Manor House has been carefully restored to show the many changes, which have taken place over the centuries, as well as the discoveries made during the restoration works themselves. (Some stairs and a small lift. One very high step to the barn)
After lunch (pre-ordered sandwiches available) a visit to the Heath Robinson museum. Landscape painter, illustrator, cartoonist and social commentator, explore the genius of William Heath Robinson at the first museum in the world with a permanent exhibition dedicated to showcasing his work. It is also hoped there will be a special exhibition featuring Gerard Hoffnung. (All one level)