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Programme 2018
Generously supported by
The Westminster Foundation

All meetings and talks are at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester at 7.30pm
Entry is free to members, £5 for visitors and £2 for students/under 18s.

Wednesday 14th March at 7.30pm

British Humour 18th to 20th Century

by Michael Murphy

Raising our spirits and providing an insight into what makes us smile today and in the past, Michael Murphy returns to entertain us and reveal the changing mores of British humour.

Sponsored by Restaurant 1539, Chester Racecourse

Wednesday 11th April
Day’s excursion to Chillington Hall and Weston Park.

A day trip has been arranged to these two prestigious locations.
We are especially lucky with Chillington to get a private tour, and tea and biscuits on arrival. There will then be free time to wander round the gardens before lunch at 1 pm,
which will be served in the magnificent Grand Saloon.
At 2-00pm depart for Weston Park for a meet and greet with Gareth Williams,
Head of Learning, followed by a guided tour of this beautiful house.
There will be free time to appreciate the Capability Brown-designed grounds, and visit the café, before departing for home at 4.30pm.

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Ploughman’s buffet consisting of a variety of farmhouse cheeses, ham, local pork pie, pickles, bread and salad selection. A soft drink will also be provided.
Please let us know in good time if you have any specific dietary requirements.  


8.45am from Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester
9.00 from Sainsbury’s Supermarket, where parking has been arranged
(please park by the waste bins).


£45 per person insurance not included

To book a place please email

Monday 16th April at 7.30pm

Medieval Fantasies and Modern Artists: the patronage of Howard de Walden of Chirk Castle 1911-1946

by Peter Lord

Peter Lord has conducted original research into the ‘Camelot court’ of artists and authors associated with Lord Howard de Walden at Chirk.
The cast includes Augustus John, Rodin, Epstein and Eric Gill, G B Shaw, Yeats, Kipling, Chesterfield and Dylan Thomas.
Peter Lord engages his audience with fascinating insights into all periods of Welsh art and artists.
He has published widely.

Sponsored by Bonhams Auctioneers, Chester

Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm

Rediscovery of Arcadia
Capability Brown and the Pastoral Idyll

by Gareth Williams

Capability Brown’s local landscape designs include Eaton Park, Wynnstay, Tatton Park, and Dunham Massey.
Gareth Williams, is Curator of Art at Weston Park Shropshire, a family seat where
Capability Brown designed the grounds.
He will include many local examples to introduce us to the landscape designer who moved lakes, rivers, trees and hillsides to ‘improve’ the parklands of Britain’s country houses to meet the artistic sensibilities of the 18th century.

This lecture is in association with The Cheshire Landscape History Society
whose members can attend free of charge.

Sponsored by Fisher German, Property Consultants, Chester