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14 June 2018Visit to Lamport Hall and Boughton House
25 October 2017Visit to the John Lewis Archives and Stanley Spencer Gallery
14 June 2017Overnight visit to Brighton- Royal Pavilion, Constable Exhibition, Chichester Cathedral and Pallant House.
10 May 2017Watts Gallery and Limnerslease, the artists home.
17 November 2016Blenheim Palace and Christmas Fair- Living Crafts for Christmas
22 June 2016Overnight visit to Salisbury Cathedral, Mompresson House and Wilton House. 22-23 June 2016
27 April 2016A Guided Tour of the National Portrait Gallery
25 November 2015Glyndebourne Backstage
18 June 2015Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum and Anglesey Abbey
10 June 2015Nether Winchendon
08 October 2014The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free Tate Britain
25 June 2014Sudeley Castle and Sezincote
28 May 2014Visit to Stonor and Nuffield Place
13 February 2014Visit to Leighton House and Linley Sambourne House
13 November 2013Barber Institute of Fine Arts
20 June 2013Visit to Wormsly Library
28 November 2012Bletchley Park
27 June 2012Tyntesfield & Bath
23 May 2012Tate to Tate

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Visit to Lamport Hall and Boughton House
Thursday 14 June 2018

We are going first to Lamport Hall, home of the Isham family for over 400 years.  Lamport Hall is a Grade 1 Italianate mansion with an impressive collection of furniture, books and paintings and we will be given a guided tour of the Hall and its treasures.  The family has preserved records of personal, financial and estate matters for posterity.  Sir Gyles Isham was an actor who played in the first season at the newly opened Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1932 and went on to a career in Hollywood.  There is a presentation entitled ‘ From Guilgud to Garbo’ about his roles within MGM Studios.  The gardens were replanted in 2010, and reflect the changing interests and tastes of successive  owners.  The large, walled cutting garden  is a vibrant array of colour and variety intersected by gravelled pathways.  Many of the unusual tall perennial plants were sourced from Piet Oudolf’s nursery.
We spend the afternoon at Boughton House, which was inspired by the Palace of Versailles.  Ralph Montagu, later 1st Duke of Montagu, had been English Ambassador to France and was keen to bring French beauty and style to the English landscape.  The highlights of the house include masterpieces by El Greco, Van Dyke, Batoni and Gainsborough, ceiling painting by Cheron, French furniture by the master cabinet maker Boulle, Mortlake tapestries and Armoury.  We will have a guided tour of the house including the grand entrance staircase, the High Pavilion and State Apartments created for the visit of William 111.  There is also a walled Kitchen Garden and a Sensory garden to explore, set in a recently restored landscape.
Coffee/tea at Lamport Hall and a sandwich buffet lunch at Boughton House are included.  The two mansions are a complete contrast of style and history, yet fairly near neighbours, close to Northampton.  The price of the whole day out will be £52.50 pp.