Visits

      FORTHCOMING VISITS 2020

Thursday, April 16th, 10.45 a.m. SELF DRIVE/PUBLIC TRANSPORT VISIT TO ss GREAT BRITAIN, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6TY

Most of us have probably visited the ss Great Britain on more than one occasion but perhaps, few, if any, have yet visited the Brunel Institute on site.  We assemble at 10.30a.m. for a visit to the Brunel Institute at 10.45a.m, before it opens to the general public at 12noon.  The Brunel Institute contains an outstanding collection of both maritime history and memorabilia relating to I.K. Brunel, the giant of 19th Century engineering. The collection contains 6, 500 maritime books, including a set of Lloyds Register of Shipping, dating back to the 18thCentury,7,300 ship plans, the National Brunel Collection of objects and archives relating to theBrunel family, diaries and personal letters relating to passengers and crew of the ss Great Britain,100 ship models, 35,000 photographic post cards, over 50 films on maritime craft, plus hundreds of works of art.  The Brunel Institute is a collaborative venture between the University of Bristol and the ss Great Britain Trust.  Staff will be on hand to answer any questions.  We are then free to explore or revisit the Dockyard Museum, plus the historic ss Great Britain, launched in 1843.  Group discount admission price for 65 years+ will be £11.80 per person; a separate pricing system applies to those under 65 years.  Booking forms are available at our regular meetings or by emailing the secretary on the Contacts Page.

Thursday July 2nd ALL DAY COACH TRIP TO BERKSHIRE & HAMPSHIRE

We first visit the National Trust property of Sandham Memorial Chapel, near Newbury, Berkshire.  After a short introductory talk, we shall see the murals painted by Stanley Spencer, which depict scenes based upon his experience in World War I.  The Chapel is being opened  especially for our Society, before it opens to the general public.  We then have a coffee break at a nearby pub before going on to another National Trust property, The Vyne, near Basingstoke.  The Vyne was originally a Tudor palace built between 1500 & 1520, with alterations made in the 17th Century.  It has extensive grounds, consisting of gardens, woodlands and wetlands and we shall have an introductory talk before our tour. Costs subject to finalisation; admission is free to National Trust members at both properties.  Booking forms to be available in late February.

In addition to our Programme of talks from September to June, we also organise outings to places of historic interest, usually 3 per year.  Half day self drive/car visits, are held in the spring and autumn months.  A full day outing by coach, to places further afield, is usually held in the summer, typically, June/July.  Details of these visits will be announced on this web site, by email to members who have provided their email addresses and also at our talks meetings.