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Liverpool - City of Delight Elizabeth Newell Wednesday 08 May 2019


We are offering an extra Special Interest Day in advance of the tour to Liverpool in October.  Liverpool – City of Delight

 It will be on Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 10.30 (for 11.00) - 2.15.

It will consist of 2 lectures sessions with a sandwich lunch for a total of £25.

Elizabeth Newell has been involved with NADFAS/The Arts Society for nearly forty years in many roles (member, programme secretary and local chairman).  As well as being an accredited lecturer and Blue Badge Guide, she has visited societies around the UK and in Australia. 

With her enthusiasm and humour, she loves to share her deep knowledge and passion for her home area and show that there is far more to Liverpool than just football and The Beatles!

Session 1 – Liverpool – City of Delight

Liverpool grew from King John’s fishing village in 12-7 to become one of the most important ports in the world.  From the mid 1700’s influential merchants used the stupendous wealth generated through the Port to create a fabulous architectural heritage of beautiful Grade 1 buildings second only to London.  Liverpool is designated by UNESCO as a Merchantile Maritime World Heritage Site.

The lecture paints an overall picture of Liverpool through its most important buildings: Georgian Town Hall (1754), St George’s Hall (1854), Liverpool Cathedral (1904-78), Metropolitan Cathedral (1962-67), Lutyens Crypt (1933-58), Royal Albert Dock (1846) and the world famous Pier Head buildings, sometimes referred to as ‘The Three Graces’.


Session 2 – Port Sunlight Village and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

The garden village of Port Sunlight was begun in 1888 by William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, to house is soap factory workers.  Lever was a wonderfully generous employer with a great social conscience, a man greatly in advance of his time.  Although he believed that English craftsmanship was amongst the finest, he greatly admired beauty and the skill of the craftsman.  He amassed a stunning collection of late C18 English commodes, Period Furniture Rooms, the largest collection of Decorative Wedgwood in existence (including four incredibly rare plaques painted by George Stubbs) and a valuable collection of Chinese ceramics, the purchase of which nearly bankrupted him!  Paintings include Reynolds, Turner, Constable, Singer Sargent, Pre-Raphaelites as well as the ‘soap paintings’.

Applications to:Mrs Ann Danby, Mereworth, Mill Lane, Donhead St Andrew SP7 9EF

Email:               Telephone:  01747 828640

Cheques should be made payable to:  The Arts Society Wylye Valley

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