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16 May 2018Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
17 April 2018Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasdon Temple
15 March 2018The Wallace Collection
11 January 2018Modigliani Exhibition, Tate Modern, London
07 October 2017OVERSEAS TOUR to Puglia and the Beautiful Heel of Italy
18 July 2017VISIT to Beaulieu Palace House, Hampshire
23 June 2017VISIT to Canterbury Cathedral, Kent
11 May 2017VISIT to Arundel Castle
18 April 2017VISIT to Dorney Court and Savill Gardens, Windsor
16 March 2017VISIT to Greenwich, London
12 January 2017Picasso Portraits - National Portrait Gallery
02 September 2016VISIT to The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas
22 July 2016VISIT to Waddesdon Manor
13 June 2016VISIT to The Vyne and Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire at National Trust properties.
17 May 2016VISIT to Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
28 April 2016VISIT to Chenies Manor House and Gardens, Buckinghamshire
15 March 2016VISIT to Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London Heritage Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
15 January 2016GUIDED TOUR of Westminster Abbey
05 October 2015OVERSEAS TOUR to Spain
09 July 2015VISIT to Osborne House, Isle of Wight
11 June 2015VISIT to Rochester and Restoration House
14 May 2015VISIT to Basildon Park, Berkshire
16 April 2015VISIT to Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey
18 March 2015VISIT to the Victoria and Albert Museum for a private tour and talk - "Interiors"
30 January 2015VISIT to The Royal Academy for a private lecture (am) and ticketed entrance to the exhibition (pm). Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his Legacy.
15 September 2014VISIT to Firle Place and Lewes, East Sussex
11 July 2014VISIT to The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
11 June 2014VISIT to Nuffield Place and Mapledurham House
12 May 2014TOUR to Dublin
08 April 2014VISIT to Farley Farm House, East Sussex and Tunbridge Wells
16 January 2014VISIT to St Paul's Cathedral, London
30 September 2013TOUR to Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
17 July 2013VISIT to Belmont Faversham and Whitstable Kent
19 June 2013VISIT to Winchester Cathedral and Hinton Ampner
21 May 2013VISIT to Ickworth Suffolk and Lavenham Village
17 April 2013VISIT April in Paris!
15 March 2013VISIT to the Order of St John Clerkenwell and Lord Astor’s House Temple Place
01 January 2013VISIT to a London Gallery with lecture

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Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
Wednesday 16 May 2018

Hughenden offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1847 until his death in 1881. The plain 18thC brick building was ‘gothicised’ for the Disraelis in the fashion of the time by the architect E.B. Lamb and the gardens and grounds were much altered.  The main interest of the house derives from its Disraeli connection, containing many busts and portraits of the family and of Disraeli’s distinguished contemporaries, his ‘Gallery of Friendship’. The library, the only room to retain its 18thC fireplace and plaster ceiling, reflects the literary tastes of a man who was both politician and novelist. ‘I have a passion,’ he wrote, ‘for books and trees … When I come down to Hughenden I saunter about my park and then I saunter in the library and survey the books.’  

The drawing room, with its Gothic architectural features, is typically Victorian, as is the rather sombre dining room. The study remains much as Disraeli left it. You can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia, and there’s even a Victorian playroom for younger visitors.

A secret wartime past is revealed in the Second World War room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. You can experience the immersive wartime displays in the ice house bunker and find out why Hughenden was high on Hitler’s hit list.

An introductory talk has been arranged.

 Tickets for this outing will be available at the March and April lecture meetings.

Visit co-ordinator: Arne Rees 020 8660 5171