The Away Days are jointly organised by Jim Sweeney [020 8340 9282], John Hajdu [020 8883 8114] and Sue Teller [020 8381 4480]. There are up to three visits per term and they are advertised in Newsletters or the Update mailings and here on this page. [Photograph above is of an Away Days visit to All Hallows by the Tower and the surrounding area.]
The distinctive difference of the Away Days is that they are open to ALL members. You need not register to be in a group. Just choose an outing that interests you and apply. But, as numbers are usually limited, you MUST apply. We look forward to seeing you but please post your applications promptly as demand often exceeds supply.
Any enquiries should first go to Sue Teller [020 8381 4480]
Click here for a blank application form.
Upcoming Away Days (newest on top)
Friday, 16th November, 2018
London Glassblowing Gallery: 62-66 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD
“London Glassblowing” was founded in 1976 and is one of Europe’s most successful hot glass studios and galleries, with a reputation for its particular use of colour, form and texture. We have arranged a guided visit in which we will see at close quarters a little of how it is done, as this ancient magical art unfolds before us.
Facilities: Toilets but no onsite café. There is a wide selection of cafes and restaurants on Bermondsey Street and the surrounding area, which has become a food and culture hub.
Times: 10.50 for 11.00 start from the reception area. The conducted visit will last about an hour.
Travel: The gallery is a little over 10 minutes walk from London Bridge Tube Station.( Tooley Street or St. Thomas Street leads in to Bermondsey Street)
Cost: £3 per person (to charity.)
Booking: Essential. Early application advisable. Please use a booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.
Friday, 19th October, 2018
Government Art Collection: Queen’s Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PA
Works of art from the Government Art Collection (GAC) are displayed in UK Government buildings in nearly every capital city, making it the most dispersed collection of British art in the world. The role of the Collection is to promote British art while contributing to cultural diplomacy. Dating from 1898, the Collection has expanded over the years and now contains over 14,000 works of art from the 16th century to the present day by mainly British artists in a broad range of media. On the tour we will see a selection of works from the Collection and get a behind-the-scenes look at works as they are prepared for display.
Facilities: Toilets but no onsite café. There is a wide selection of cafes and sandwich shops on Tottenham Court Road and the surrounding streets
Times: 12.20 pm for 12.30pm in the reception area. (Note later than usual start time.) The conducted visit will last about an hour.
Travel: Queen’s Yard is a short narrow street between Torrington Place and Capper Street on the east side of Tottenham Court Road, i.e. on the opposite side to nearby Goodge Street Tube Station. There are also buses: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390 (up Tottenham Court Road and down Gower Street).
Cost: Free to all, but only in groups.
Booking: Essential. Early application advisable. Please use booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.
Recent Away Days
Friday, 22nd June, 2018.
Modernist Hampstead Architecture
We have arranged a guided visit of the exteriors of some of the revolutionary Modernist homes and idealistic architecture built in Hampstead in the 1930s such as The Sun House by Maxwell Fry, and 66 Frognal by Connel Ward and Lucus. Much of this architecture echoed design trends in Europe but elements of eighteenth-century architectural design were also an influence for some architects. We will see some more recent examples, and, in passing, some striking non-modernist Hampstead buildings. Our walk will finish at 2 Willow Road (National Trust, and open to the public) near South End Green with the option to go on to the iconic Isokon flats in Belsize Park.
Times and Travel. 10.50 am for 11.00 am outside Hampstead Tube Station (Northern Line.) The walk will last around 90 minutes and finish near South End Green, from where there are buses to Archway, Camden Town and Belsize Park. Hampstead Heath Overground station is also near by.
Cost. £7.00, payable in advance.
Booking. Essential. Early application advisable. Please use booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.
Friday, 18th May, 2018.
Historic Jewish East End Walk
The edge of the traditional City of London was an area heavily populated by Jewish immigrants from the 1880s onwards. We have arranged for professionally qualified tour guide Colin Davey to take us on a conducted stroll lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Much evidence of the old community still exists, such as synagogues, a former soup kitchen and social housing set up by a prominent Jewish businessman. In addition, we will see a sculpture by an artist who survived Auschwitz internment, and the street that became associated with clobber. We will finish with a short poem that encapsulates the hunger of Jewish immigrants to make a success of life in their new home.
Times & Travel: 10.50 am for 11.00 am outside Aldgate Station (Circle and Metropolitan lines) .There is one exit from Aldgate Station, out on to the north side of Aldgate High Street. The walk will finish near to Aldgate East Station (Hammersmith & City, and District lines). Please note that the start is at Aldgate Station and not Aldgate East Station.
Cost. £6, payable in advance.
Booking. Essential. Early application advisable. Please use adjacent booking form (or send a note with the required details) and your cheque.