Friends enjoyed a a privileged first look at the Holburne’s latest exhibition, enjoying the opportunity to socialise and meet with Friends old and new.
A misty then drizzly afternoon saw Antonia Johnson reprising her Bath tree walk in Victoria Park and the Botanic Garden. The friends who joined Antonia enjoyed a wide-ranging couple of hours packed with information about some very interesting specimens and tree biology.
Friends gathered for a private viewing of the Holburne’s latest exhibition, followed by time for drinks and some socialising. The evening culminated with the Robertson Lecture given by Vanessa Brett, co-curator with Catrin Jones.
As a group of 24, with one of Europe’s most accomplished art history guides, we saw, learnt and wondered at Goya frescoes; 1st Century Roman double-height aqueduct; romantic battlements of Alcazar; the Prado; Picasso’s Guernica; the Valle de Los Caidos, Franco’s awe-inspiring memorial to the 30,000 fallen of the Spanish Civil War; Las Meninas by Velazquez; enjoyed tapas, wine and fabulous cuisine whilst people-watching in the Plaza Mayor and made some good friends, all in five days. Magical.
Perfect weather capped two visits in one day that delighted the senses. Furniture designer John Makepeace welcomed and guided us on a tour of his house and gardens at Farrs. After lunch, Friends were shown the gardens at Parnham House, above, by designer (and Holburne Friend) Simon Johnson.
Friends walked via Sydney Gardens behind the Holburne Museum and along the Kennet and Avon canal, to reach the Cleveland Pools where Sally Helvey, one of the Trustees of the Pools, delighted us with the history of the Pools from its construction in 1817 through to present day plans for restoration and eventual re-opening.