One-day Visits

Museum of the Order of St John – Guided Tour on a Saturday in February, followed by optional lunch at ‘The Dovetail’.

Lloyd’s Register – tour and introduction to precede the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

Charterhouse – Tuesday afternoon guided tour of the sole surviving monastic building complex in London. The Carthusian Monastery, or Charterhouse, was established here in 1371 with 24 monks, and it soon became the centre of learning. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, a Tudor mansion was built, the only remaining in the City. Members Only special guided afternoon visit – which took place on a Tuesday in October at 2.15 pm.

Houghton Revisited : Masterpieces from the Hermitage – Sir Robert Walpole’s collection of masterpieces spent a summer ‘at home’, from the Hermitage. On a Saturday at the end of September.

Mansion House, including the Harold Samuel Collection – private tour of (part of) the collection, with a Guildhall Art Gallery Guide, on a Wednesday in the middle of September.

British Library – Dutch Books and Maps – a repeat of our oversubscribed and well received visit to the Dutch books and maps collection took place on a Wednesday pm.

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel – private visit guided by the hotel historian. St. Pancras Hotel, Euston Road, London, on a Saturday afternoon in October.

The Wallace Collection – guided tour of the newly refurbished Dutch Galleries at Hertford House, Manchester Square, London. On a Wednesday in September

“Royal River : Power, Pageantry & the Thames” – National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on a Wednesday in July.

Olympic Park, Forman’s Smoked Salmon Factory – and Restaurant, on a Saturday morning in mid-May.

Highclere Castle – “Downton Abbey”, gardens and Egyptian Exposition, on a Saturday.

Charles Dickens – the writer’s 200th birthyear brought a few of us to his London home. Due to constraints in the house, only twenty members could join.

“What clogs up Dutch English” – an informal talk by Dr Joy Burrough, preceded the Society’s AGM. Central London, on a Thursday in December at 5pm for 5.45.

Dutch Maps and Books at the British Library – Private Talk and viewing on a Wednesday.

Jeroen Krabbé Private View at Francis Kyle Gallery – on a Tuesday evening in February. Organised jointly with Vereeniging Neerlandia. Jeroen Krabbé attended the evening.

The Royal Courts of Justice – Afternoon visit preceded the Annual General Meeting, on a Tuesday afternoon / early evening in December.

Dutch Ceramics Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum – Private Tour by the Senior Curator, Reino Liefkes, on a Thursday in October.

Waltham Place – a garden trip to White Waltham, Berkshire.

Bletchley Park – of British World War II fame. Coffee, tour, lunch, tour, tea and opportunity to view selected parts again. On a Sunday.

“Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler” – exhibition at the British Museum. On a Tuesday in December, preceding the AGM in a venue nearby.

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden – Lecture and Tour, followed by a picnic lunch.

Tour of the Old Bailey  – a private ‘After hours’ tour followed -for those so inclined- by drinks in the ‘Haunted Pub’ opposite. As the tour was soon oversubscribed, the Society arranged a repeat.

Lullington Castle –  An all-inclusive trip to Lullingstone Castle and Gardens, near Sevenoaks in the Weald of Kent.

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage – coffee, guided tour of Kew Palace (‘the Dutch House’), lunch in the Orangery, visit to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and a day pass for ‘The Explorer’.

Foundling Museum – London’s first home for abandoned children, now a museum, tells the story of three major figures in British History: Thomas Coram, philanthropist and founder; William Hogarth, artist; George Frederic Handel, composer.

“Nelson and Napoleon” – “River Cruise”, Lunch, Talk, and self-guided visit (audio guide included) to the exhibition at the Mational Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Dr Pieter van der Merwe, maritime historian at the museum, gave an introductory talk in front of the famous Turner painting “The Battle of Trafalgar”, in the Queen’s House.

Sotheby’s Guided Tour – on the occasion of the Dutch Masters sale.

‘Cheese Dropping’ by the ‘Edambusters – three small aircraft from the RAFA 1077 (Amsterdam Branch) squadron drop miniature Edam cheeses to commemorate ‘Operation Manna’, (food parcel droppings in still occupied ‘Vesting Holland’ towards the end of the second world war). At RAFA home ‘Sussexdown’, Storrington, West Sussex – by invitation.

Uppark House – near Petersfield, of ‘William and Mary’ style.

Wimbledon Tennis Museum

Westminster Abbey Musical Tour – accompanied by the renowned Purcell Club, followed by supper at St Johns, Smith Square.