Mouseman & Ampleforth Study Day Report

We had a most interesting and stimulating Study Day Outing, firstly to Kilburn, where we had a very nice welcome with coffee and biscuits...

Study Day at the Mouseman of Kilburn and Ampleforth Abbey

We had a most interesting and stimulating Study Day Outing, firstly to Kilburn, where we had a very nice welcome with coffee and biscuits before the great grandson of the founder of the famous Mouseman furniture, Robert Thompson gave us a short talk on the history of how his great grandfather started carving furniture.  We then watched a film about it before we were taken round the Visitor Centre which was set out in rooms in the era of the 1930’s, where we could enjoy seeing the beautiful carved furniture which is still being crafted today.

We then went on to Ampleforth Abbey for soup and sandwiches before being given a brief history of how the Abbey came to be built there after the monks had returned from France when it had become too dangerous for them to stay.    We were then taken on a fascinating tour of the Abbey, which was extensive, and contained some Mouseman furniture.

We were made very welcome at both places, and altogether had a most memorable day.   I am sure many of us will be returning to both venues to enjoy the beautiful countryside and look at leisure at the artefacts.

Susan Elliott

 

Robert Thompson of Kilburn