Rothay Manor


25th February – 2nd March 2018

Tel: 01539 433605

Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside. This popular holiday, with its lectures, visits and congenial company, this time considers amongst other themes, The Lunar Society, The Jacobites and the Manchester Exhibition of 1857, along with a visit to Tullie House, and the Military Museum, Carlisle, also a demonstration of Book Conservation. Full details from Rothay Manor Hotel Ambleside.

Price: 5 nights from £750pp

Itinerary to follow.


Sunday 12th November

Guests arrive in time for afternoon tea which is served from 3.30.

6.30 Meet in the Brathay Room to meet your fellow guests over a drink before moving into the adjacent

lecture room for introductory talk by your host Nicholas Merchant

7.30 Dinner


Monday 13th November

8.30-9.30 Breakfast.

10.00-11.00 My Favourite Object, Nicholas brings a favourite piece from his collection and describes it and recounts its history and origins. Guests are invited to bring one of their favourite possessions and recount the history behind it

11.00-11.30 Morning Coffee

11.30-12.00 Talk with Nicholas. The Baroque. Well do you know what it is? As a result of several tours through Europe Nicholas has prepared this talk to shed light on a movement which was never whole-heartedly adopted in Britain.

Lunch (not included)

Free time

7.30 Dinner


Tuesday 14th November

8.30-9.30 Breakfast

10.00-11.00 Talk with Nicholas;  Paul de Lamerie, Hugenot silversmith. De Lamerie was one of the finest French émigré silversmith to arrive in Britain after Protestants were driven from France in 1685. Here is magnificent silver, the like of which revolutionised the English trade.

11-00-11.30 Morning Coffee

11-30-12.30 Talk: Simon Mitchell of Bonhams, Leeds, talks on Fakes and Forgeries in Silver. Silver has for centuries been a gauge of wealth and status. Hallmarks since the 14th century in Britain have been a reassuring symbol of the quality and genuineness of your investment. But have they? Simon sheds light on the devious practices used by the unscrupulous. If you wish to bring your own silver to be valued, Simon will be happy to do so. Simon is the Director in charge of Bonhams in Leeds

12.30 Lunch (not included)

2.00 Depart Rothay.

2.30 Arrive Leighton Hall. The silver-grey mansion of the Gillow, furniture-making family near Carnforth. Guided tour of the house, followed by afternoon tea.

4.00 Depart Leighton

7.30 Dinner


Wednesday 15th November

Whitehaven by Jan Wyck 1686

8.30-9.30 Breakfast

9.30 Depart for visit to Whitehaven

11.00 Georgian Whitehaven is now something of a backwater, but its history belies its present circumstances.

The town was dominated by the Lowther family who built the harbour to export their coal, and in addition to

that trade the town was in the 18th  and 19th centuries a major port for the import of goods from America

particularly tobacco.

We visit the Beacon Museum for a talk on the history of the town.

12.30 Lunch at the Wellington Bistro.

2.00 Rum Story Visit. Another aspect of the town’s history recalled in this 18th century warehouse featuring the Jefferson family importers of wines and spirits for two centuries until 1998.

3.30 Depart for Rothay

5.00 Arrive Rothay

7.30 Dinner


Thursday 16th November

8.30-9.30 Breakfast

10.00-11.00 Talk with Nicholas, Mr Chippendale, Cabinet-maker Extraordinary. If there is one 18th century cabinet-maker known to all, it is this man. Rising from humble beginning in Yorkshire, he ended up famous throughout the English-speaking world.

11.00-11.30 Morning Coffee

11.30-12.00 Marking of the Quiz

Lunch (not included)

Guests depart after lunch, or may stay for additional night at preferential rate