Tuesday 14 July 2021
Tour of Alnick Castle, its Grounds & interiors, and Highlights of the Collection
Alnick Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Northumberland. We will enjoy an insider’s view of the castle and its treasures.

Tuesday 12 August 2021
Treasures of the Villa Borghese in Rome
Stuart Harvey

The Galleria Borghese houses a substantial collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities, begun by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the nephew of Pope Paul V (1605–1621). Scipione Borghese was an early patron of Bernini and an avid collector of works by Caravaggio who is well represented in the collection. Additional paintings of note include Titian’s Sacred and Profane Love, Raphael’s Entombment of Christ and works by Peter Paul Rubens and Federico Barocci.

Tuesday 14 September 2021
The Bridges of London
There are 35 bridges between Hampton Court Bridge to Tower Bridge. Can you name them all. If not, here’s a map!

Thursday 14 October 2021
London Legal Walk
Blue Badge guide Emma Matthews will take us on a virtual walking tour around the The Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and other legal landmarks of London.

Wednesday 17 November 2021
The Archaeology of Crossrail
Leo Heaton puts together the pieces that make up London’s archaeological jigsaw puzzle. From everyday items like Victorian chamber pots and Roman coins to rare treasures such as medieval water pumps and a piece of 55 MILLION year old amber. Come and explore the sites and some of the objects that this remarkable project has uncovered.

Tuesday 14 December 2021
Sir Peter Lely’s Famous Paintings of “The Windsor Beauties” now in Hampton Court Palace
The gallery of so-called ‘Windsor Beauties’ is the name given to the collection of portraits painted by Sir Peter Lely (1618-80) of celebrated courtesans and women of the nobility in Restoration England, which can be seen in the Communication Gallery at Hampton Court Palace. Ten portraits in The Royal Collection can be identified as having belonged to the original group of Lely’s eleven paintings.

Thursday 20 January 2022
Tate Modern – Who’s Afraid of Modern Arts
Tate Modern is the most visited museum of modern and contemporary art in the world.  The novelty of the display criteria, together with the wide selection and deep variety of artworks, has created a thought provoking challenge for visitors since the gallery opened in May 2000.  Join us for this tour exploring great masterpieces of the 20th century by Picasso, Dali, Mondrian, Duchamps, Boccioni and Matisse, and cutting-edge works of the 21st century by Meireles, Salcedo, Guerilla Girls and Vicuna.  Learn how not to be afraid of Modern Art!

Monday 7 February 2022
Royal Albert Hall Backstage Tour
Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria, the Royal Albert Hall is a familiar London landmark. This is an opportunity to have an insight into how the show, hospitality and technical teams come together to stage over 390 events in the main auditorium every year.  Our guide will take us around many nooks and crannies, including going under the stage, into dressing rooms and underground into the loading bay. Visit the royal areas of the Hall and learn how they solved one of the UK’s most enduring engineering challenges – the Royal Albert Hall echo.

Thursday 17 March 2022
Oxford Day Trip
We will have an extensive walking tour of Oxford.  For centuries the city has been home to radicals,  intellectuals and innovators, and on our day-trip we will hear the stories of these fascinating people and explore their hallowed streets and halls.  From Town to Gown we will examine the central rôle that Oxford has played in the intellectual life of this country for many centuries. The morning will involve a two-hour walking tour of the city incorporating many of its most famous colleges and buildings, with the afternoon spent enjoying free time or a visit to one of Oxford’s wonderful museums.

Wednesday 27 April 2022
A Walk in the Olympic Park
Two tours lasting 2 hours with Blue Badge Guide and Arts Society Lecturer Pepe Martinez. Pepe will take us on a leisurely walking tour explaining the who, when and why of how a rubbish dump was turned into the scene of one of our biggest sporting successes, and how it has benefitted residents of a deprived area of London.  We will visit the Velodrome & Aquatic Centre and have a coffee stop.

Wednesday 18 May 2022
Henry Moore’s House & Sculpture Park at Much Hadham in Herfordshire
The Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in rural Hertfordshire is the best place in the world to appreciate the work of the sculptor Henry Moore.  His former estate is much as it was during his lifetime and provides the perfect backdrop for his work, which he always intended to be experienced in the landscape. We will visit his family home Hoglands, explore his studios, see his tapestries in the Aisled Barn and admire the gardens created by his wife Irina.

Thursday 9 June 2022
The Worshipful Company of Vintners at Vintners’ Hall in the City

Vintners’ Hall has been the home of the Worshipful Company of Vintners since the 15th century and is the spiritual home of the international wine trade.  The hall boasts a fine 17th century staircase and a magnificent dining hall.  The Court Room is probably the oldest in the City of London. Liveryman and Blue Badge Guide Guy Fairbank will guide us explaining the history and work of this ancient livery company, including their rôle in the ceremony of Swan Upping.

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