Auckland Castle and the Mining Art Museum

*** Fully booked *** A coach trip from York to Bishop Auckland for a visit to the Auckland Project starting with a tour of Auckland Castle, formerly the residence of the Bishops of Durham. It has been described as Britain’s finest bishop’s palace. The castle’s many...

Behind the Scenes at Fairfax House

*** Fully booked *** A bespoke tour of Fairfax House with Dr Sarah Burnage. With reference to the current concern about what and what not to display in galleries, discussion will focus on items, particularly pictures, which are on display and some which are not. There...

Everingham Hall & Chapel

*** Fully booked *** Leaving the Memorial Gardens at 1 pm, we will travel by coach to Everingham. The Hall was built 1757-64 by John Carr & was restored by Francis Johnson in 1962, who removed the large Victorian additions. The house, which has some fine mid-18th...

Kiplin Hall

*** Fully booked *** Leaving the Memorial Gardens at 1 15 we will travel by coach to Kiplin Hall near Richmond. Kiplin was originally built as a hunting lodge for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I, who became the founder of the state of Maryland, USA....

The Lamp by Amy B Atkinson

Peter Gibbard, former Chair of the Friends of York Art Gallery, has chosen an evocative study of the use of light as his Artwork of the Month. ‘The Lamp’ is an oil painting by a little-known woman artist, Amy Beatrice Atkinson (1859-1816),  who led an...

Tour of Rowntree Park

*** Fully booked *** Join guides, who are members of the Friends of Rowntree Park, to mark the hundred years since the Park was given to the people of York by the Rowntree family as “a place of rest and recreation”. We will have the opportunity to find out about the...

Birdsall House

*** Fully booked *** Leaving the Memorial Gardens at 1pm, we will travel by coach to Birdsall House, the home of Lord Middleton. Originally a late Elizabethan house it was altered and enlarged in the eighteenth-century with a substantial remodelling by Salvin in...

Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A coach trip from York to the Hepworth Art Gallery in Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. After exploring the galleries at the Hepworth, there will be time for a (self-funded) lunch at the Scupture Park followed by a guided tour of some of the most significant...

Visit to Bolsover Castle

*** Fully booked *** A coach trip from York to Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire. On arrival there will be a guided tour before a free flow visit. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Bolsover Castle was once the home of Charles Cavendish, the son of Bess of...

‘Refreshing the Weary’ by Robert Hannah

Artwork of the Month for July 2021 is Refreshing the Weary by Robert Hannah (1812-1909).  Richard Green, Curator of York Art Gallery from 1977 to 2003, explores the fascinating details of one of the collection’s finest Victorian paintings of a modern-life subject and...