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