Study Days

Kilburn and Ampleforth Study Day

Robert Thompson of Kilburn
Ampleforth Abbey

Study Day at Kilburn and Ampleforth

Friday, 7th June, 2019

Our Study Day Outing is to Kilburn, near Thirsk, to see an exhibition of furniture designer Robert Thompson. He was born in 1876 and dedicated his life to the craft of carving and joinery in English Oak. He taught himself to use the traditional tools and by 1919 was experimenting with his own ideas for producing furniture based on the English styles of the 17the Century.  We will be given a talk and a tour of the workshop where the furniture is still made.

We will then drive to Ampleforth Abbey where we will have lunch before being shown around the Abbey, which is home to a community of Benedictine Monks who have been there since 1802.  It claims descent from the pre-Reformation community at Westminster Abbey through the last surviving monk from Westminster Sigebert Buckley.

Details of the day:

9.15am        Leave by coach from the Racecourse

10.00am      Arrive at the Visitor Centre for coffee

10.30an       Talk and tour of the exhibition and workshop

11.30am      Leave for Ampleforth Abbey

12.00pm      Have lunch at the Tea Room where there is an excellent selection of hot and cold food

2.15pm        Talk and tour of the Abbey

3.45pm        Leave for Racecourse

4.30pm        Arrive at Racecourse

Cost: £25

If you would like to attend please complete the booking form below. Alternatively, download the form here and mail to: Susan Elliott, 4 Westfield Farm, Askham Lane, York YO24 3HU, with your payment (cheque made payable to The Arts Society York). Please note: refunds cannot be given for cancellations within two weeks of the outing.

Please telephone (01904 787835) or email Susan Elliott if you have any queries.


Kilburn and Ampleforth Study Day

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Sheffield Leonardo da Vinci Study Day Report

Leonardo da Vinci at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield

Study Day at Sheffield

Thirteen members left a cold and wet York Racecourse on Thursday, 7 March, and arrived on a cold, wet day at the Sheffield Millennium Gallery in time for a reviving coffee and welcome from our guide, Marcus Newton. He took us on a comprehensive tour of the City, which included the neo-Classical City Hall, built in the 1930s and still bearing the scars from bombs which fell nearby, and the 300-year-old Unitarian Upper Chapel.  We admired the Women of Steel statue which commemorates the women who worked  in the steel industries during both world wars, and learnt much about the history and architecture of the city.   We certainly earned our lunch.  We gathered in the afternoon to listen to a talk about the Leonardo da Vinci drawings from one of the Millennium Galleries staff, before visiting the galleries to see the drawings for ourselves.  It proved an amazing opportunity to see the drawings at close range and, indeed, staff offered magnifying sheets to allow visitors to see the detail even more clearly.  There is one drawing of horses that reminded more than one member of Thelwell’s ponies, while the drawings of flowing water kept others entranced.   The gallery was busy but there was enough space to allow us plenty of time to examine each picture without being hassled.

Thanks are due to Susan Elliott for a very worthwhile and varied Study Day.

Helen Byard


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York Gallery Study Day Report

York Gallery Study Day Report

Study Day at York Art Gallery

Twenty members enjoyed a Study Day on 7 December. We began by touring the Treasurer’s House, and learnt from the room stewards that Frank Green, a wealthy Wakefield industrialist and avid collector, had bought the house in 1897 when it was sub-divided into separate houses, and spent time refurbishing, altering and furnishing it appropriately, ensuring that the items of furniture he purchased remained in his chosen position by inserting studs in the floors to indicate where the pieces should stand (we all spent time searching for the almost invisible stud heads). The stewards explained about the furniture and decoration, as well as telling us anecdotes about Frank Green and his friends, who included members of the Royal family.

The Art Gallery was our destination in the afternoon. Having been split into two groups, we were taken outside to learn about the history and architecture of the building, before returning to the warmth of the new Ceramics Galleries. Dorothy Nott, who took the group I was in, was a knowledgeable and expert guide, and we were able to spend time examining the pottery and learning about the distinguished potters who created them and the generous donors who had gifted their collections. There was time for a brief visit into the Burton Gallery, where we were able to admire a new acquisition, the Automaton Clock, and learn a little more about William Etty and some of the other painters and sculptors whose work was on display.

It was a most successful and interesting day, and thanks are due to Susan Elliott for organising this event.

Helen Byard


Ceramics gallery
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The Streets of York: Four Centuries of Change

Jubbergate 1910

31st October to 22 November 2018
£10 per person (members)

The Streets of York exhibition opens at the Maclagan Hall in St William’s College on October 31 and runs until November 22.

Public admission will be every weekday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

And Wed 21st November  6.30pm - 8 pm

Entry £12 on the door.

The Streets of York book will include more than 300 illustrations and will be printed as a full-colour hardback by York Publishing Services, priced £30 (£20 for those who attend the exhibition).

All proceeds from both book and exhibition will go towards York Against Cancer, the York Minster Fund and York Civic Trust.

For private group bookings or more info contact

The Streets of York Exhibition Flyer 

The Streets of York special edition book purchase form

Print purchase form

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