We have organised a three day visit to Shropshire giving members an opportunity to visit a number of different collections.
On the afternoon of Tuesday 26th September, we will be given a private tour of Weston Park with the curator. Weston Park is home to a world class collection of fine and decorative arts, and is surrounded by Capability Brown designed gardens. There is also an important collection of Van Dyck portraits.
The next morning there will be a tour of the Coalport China Museum, which has an extensive collection of Caughley. There will also be the opportunity to walk round the unusual shaped bottle kilns, and to see the studio and bespoke shop of artisan glass maker Jonathan Harris. This will be followed by a light lunch after which we will visit and have a tour of the Jackfield Tile Museum. We will see some of the most beautiful tiles including designs by famous artists such as Salvador Dali and William Morris.
On Thursday 28th September, we will visit Blists Hill Victorian Town. Here we will be able to step back to a time and place where traditional life and industry sat side by side. We will visit Victorian shops and cottages and see craftspeople demonstrating their trades in the recreated working town.
Finally, in the afternoon, we will visit the Darby Houses. These were the Ironmasters houses, and consist of Rosehill, built in 1738, and Dale House, built in 1717, which both sit on the hillside overlooking Coalbrookdale.
Accommodation and transport are not included but recommendations will be provided.