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Visits Programme 2018 - 2019


 6th March 2019

 Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising and Leighton House

The Museum of Brands, packaging and Advertising
The museum examines the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. It features over 12,000 original items from the Robert Opie Collection including domestic products, packaging, posters, toys and games set out in chronological order from Victorian times to today. It also reflects the change in shopping habits, the impact of transportation, media, the effects of two world wars and the gradual emancipation of women.

Leighton House
The house was the former home and studio of Victorian artist Frederick Leighton and has a collection of 76 oil paintings by Leighton and a noted collection of tiles. There are also paintings by Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais and George Frederick Watts on display.  It is Grade II listed and is also known for its elaborate Orientalist and aesthetic interiors. It was awarded the EU prize for cultural landscape in 2012.

Tickets on sale this lecture, cost £38, this includes a talk at the Museum and a guided tour of Leighton House. Numbers are resticted to 30 as both places are quite small.

Please note there is NO wheelchair access at Leighton House nor is it step free.

30th April 2019
Van Gogh and Britain Exhibition at Tate Britain

The exhibition is the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings to be displayed in the UK for a decade. It explores his formative years in London when he lived in Brixton whilst training to be an art dealer.

Van Gogh died in relative obscurity in 1890 after shooting himself. Nevertheless, he was one of the greatest and most influential artists of all times.

The coach will leave Harpenden Rugby Club at 9am and we should, traffic permitting, arrive in time for a quick coffee before Frank Woodgate’s pre-exhibition lecture. We plan to leave about 4pm.

Cost: £39.50. (Tate Members £20.50. Art Fund £30.50)
Tickets on sale at the February lecture.

4th June 2019
Visit to Knole Park


Knole is situated in 1000 acres of medieval deer park. It ranks in the top five of England’s largest houses occupying a total of 4 acres. In 600 years the house has passed through the hands of archbishops, kings and several generations of the Sackville family who have lived there since 1603.


Vita Sackville-West who grew up there recounted the legend that Knole is a calendar house with 7 courtyards, 52 staircases and 365 rooms. This has never been verified but it does have a world class collection of paintings and furniture and the oldest playable organ in England.

In 2013 the Heritage Lottery Fund gave £7.75 million for conservation and repair work and from 2019 the rooms are open to the public once more.

Included will be a be a tour entitled Past to Present and a chance to visit Lord Sackville-West’s private garden.

The coach will leave Harpenden Rugby Club at 9am

Cost: £20 for National Trust Members and £33 for non-members

Tickets on sale at the March lecture.



Reports on previous visits