Rothay Manor


Sunday 4th – 9th November 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: from £750pp to include dinner, bed and breakfast, based two people sharing and to include all transport, except as indicated, lectures, one lunch, and entrance fees. (Free upgrade on all bookings).


Sunday 4th November

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

7.00 Brathay Room, meet your fellow guests, over a glass of wine and canapés.  Introduction by your host, Nicholas Merchant

7.30 Dinner

Monday 5th November

8.30-9.30 Breakfast

James III by L-G Blanchet

9.30-10.30 Talk with NM; The Jacobites, the Romance of a Lost Cause.  If ever there was a lost cause to remember this was it, the Stuart cause.  Dispossessed of their throne in Britain they fled to France, the land of Louis XIV and their co-religionists. From there two generations of the family tried to regain their throne, only to end up disillusioned, drunken, and the ultimate insult, pensionaries of George IV.

10.30-11.00 Morning Coffee

11.00- 12.00 Talk with NM; The Golden Age of Dutch Art.  In the 17th century the Dutch threw off the yoke of their Spanish occupiers and emerged as a powerful trading nation. With this prosperity came a new affluent mercantile class, who in turn engendered a whole school of painting, unique in its origins.             

12.00 Onwards, Lunch (not included)

2.00 Depart for visit to Jerwood Centre, Grasmere (Own Transport).

2.30 Visit to either Dove Cottage or Wordsworth Museum. (Own transport)

3.30 Talk in the Library of the Jerwood Centre. The Centre houses the pre-eminent world centre for the study of William Wordsworth. “Discovery of the Lake District, artists, writers and tourists”

5.00app. Depart to return to Rothay

7.30 Dinner

Tuesday 6th November

The Manchester Exhibition 1857

8.30-9.30 Breakfast

9.30-10.30 Talk with NM; The Great Exhibition, Manchester 1857

The Great Exhibition of 1851 in the Crystal Palace was one of the highwater marks of Queen Victoria’s reign.  No less an exhibition, and nowadays largely forgotten, was the Art Treasures Exhibition in Manchester in 1857.  This exhibition confirmed the wealth and confidence of this “Northern Powerhouse” in the mid- 19th century.

10.30-11.00 Morning Coffee

11.00-12.00 Talk by Hugh Ellwood Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. The High Priest of the Gothic revival in architecture. Born in 1812, he studied under his father and went on to build many churches as well as his own house in Ramsgate and the colossal houses at Scarisbrick and Alton Towers for the Earl of Shrewsbury. He died in 1852

12.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00 Talk by Hugh Ellwood Charles Rennie Mackintosh, A Scottish Icon. Surely the best-known architect and designer of the late 19th century in Scotland. Here was a man more in tune with European ideals and culture than that of his homeland, who was responsible for the celebrated Hill House and The Glasgow School of Art, not to forget his interiors for Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms

Free time

7.30 Dinner

Wednesday 7th November

Georgian Costume

8.30-9.30 Breakfast

9.45 Depart for Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

11.00 Talk by Melanie Gardner “Georgian Costume; A Style Revolution” followed by a chance to see some of the costumes from the museum collection.

12.00 Lunch (included) in Garden Restaurant of the museum.  Guests not wishing to visit the Military Museum will be at liberty to visit the collections of Tullie House, which has one of the best collections of Fine and Decorative Arts in the Region

2.00 Across the road to The Military Museum based in Carlisle Castle, the Museum has a range of interesting collections that comprise of uniform, textiles, weapons, equipment, silver, medals, musical instruments, paintings, prints, drawings, personal items, memorabilia and campaign relics.

Afternoon tea available (not included) at Tullie House

3.30 Return to Rothay, departing from Tullie House

Thursday 8th November

8.30-9.30 Breakfast

10.00-10.45 Talk by Helen Golding Miller; Conservation of the Library at Townend, the former home of the Browne family, a well-to-do yeoman family.  Helen is a highly experienced Bookbinder and Conservator, who has worked for many well-known bodies, including the Wordsworth Trust and Private Clients

10.45-11.15 Morning Coffee

11.15 -12.15 Helen will give a Practical Demonstration of the Art of Book Conservation.

Lunch (not included)

Free time

7.00 Marking of the Quiz

7.30 Dinner

Friday 9th November

Guests depart after breakfast.


Please contact Rothay Manor on 015394 33605 or with your specific requirements

We look forward to you joining us for this popular, long-running event. Rothay Manor is under the new management of Jamie and Jenna Shaile (and Bailey, their dog) who have made and continue to make many improvements to this long-established Lakeland hotel.