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Visit to Wales - 4 & 5 October 2018 - English Ceramic Circle

Visit to Wales – 4 & 5 October 2018

This visit will enable ECC members to view some of the very best of Welsh porcelain and pottery (including reserve collections) and to hear lectures on the subject from acknowledged experts. Booking is required.

Thursday 4 October 2018

Leaving the National Museum Wales in Cardiff at 9.30 am, travel to their offsite reserve collection at Nantgarw for a handling session and view of mostly English pottery and porcelain. Continue to Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil for lunch and to view their extensive decorative art collections including Swansea, Nantgarw and Wedgwood. It is expected to access the reserve collection (to be confirmed).

Return to Nantgarw House, the site of William Billingsley’s porcelain manufactory, and learn how the porcelain body has been recreated some 200 years after Billingsley’s efforts. Return to Cardiff, arriving around 5.30 pm.

The cost of this day, covering coach transport, entry fees, tea/coffee etc and a light lunch is £45 per head. Numbers are limited to 30 places so booking is restricted to ECC members. If you or someone else wants to attend and you are not a member, then join! No refund or discount is possible for members providing their own food or transport.

Friday 5 October 2018

Friday is a more Welsh focused study day and handling session at the National Museum Wales at Cathay’s Park in Cardiff. The programme will commence at 10 am and conclude by 4.30 pm. The speakers and their papers are:

Andrew Renton – Robert Drane, an Honorary Curator at the Museum
Fergus Gambon – Bevington Porcelain
Oliver Fairclough – Inspiration for Welsh Pottery and Porcelain designs, revisited
Rachael Conroy – The 1843 Dillwyn price list
Jonathan Gray – Horace Elliott (1851-1938) and his moulds.

This second day is free for ECC members and includes tea/coffee. Members will need to buy their own lunch. ECC Members have priority for bookings until the end of June as numbers are limited at 50 people. Non members may apply after that time at a cost of £25.

Travel to Cardiff and accommodation is the responsibility of members. There is a range of hotel options in Cardiff, ranging from 4-star hotels such as the Park Plaza (closest to the Museum), the Hilton and Mecure, to more budget conscious options including Ibis and Holiday Inn. At the time of writing, rooms cost between £39 to over £100 a night. Note some prices exclude breakfast or parking.

BOOKING FOR BOTH EVENTS IS REQUIRED AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED FOR BOTH DAYS. PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE BOOKING FORM BELOW WITHOUT DELAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Booking Form for Visit to Wales – 4 & 5 October 2018

  • Please reserve:
  • Please send, if appropriate, a cheque payable to “The English Ceramic Circle” to: Rosemary Pemberton, ECC, Stratton House, Winterbourne Earls, Salisbury SP4 6HD.