Visits and Study Days

YDFAS organises study days and visits annually. The 2017 events are below:

Burnby Hall Gardens

Burnby Hall Gardens

Tuesday July 4th 2017
1.30 pm meet at Garden Entrance
£10 to include an introduction and two talks
Light refreshments included

Founding Museum

Visit to London

Thursday October 5th 2017
A guided tour of the Foundling Museum plus a visit to St. Pancras Station, where we will have a talk aabout the many artefacts and fascinating buildings.

2016 Events

Liverpool Cathedral

The Art and History of Liverpool

July 4th-7th 2016
Arriving at Lime Street Station in the early afternoon York DFAS members were met by our guide, Simone Peter. We visited the Tate Liverpool at the Albert Dock and then we were able to visit the Francis Bacon and Maria Lessing exhibitions. The next day we visited the Anglican Cathedral, designed by Architect Giles Gilbert-Scott at the age of 23. Building started in 1904 and completed in 1978.
It is the largest cathedral outside of St Peters in Rome. After a walk down Hope Street we visited Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral which was eventually built over a 5 year period in the 1960’s. This was after the Lutyen designed crypt had been built between 1931 and 1957 with plans for an extremely large cathedral to be built on top. The result is an intimate but unique building.
The following day we visited Port Sunlight, The Lady Lever Art Gallery and the adjacent museum. We also visited Speke Hall, although built in 1530 it has had various alterations by its occupants including 19th Century Arts and Crafts. In contrast we finally saw Anthony Gormley’s Another Place on Crosby Beach. A few members of our group ended the evening by dancing at The Cavern Club! A most enjoyable visit.


Bologna, Urbina and Ravenna

October 11th-15th 2016
This short visit based in Ravenna was enjoyed by some 25 members, the weather was good (not too hot) and we had a very knowledgeable guide in Clare Ford-Wille who had given YDFAS a lecture on The Art and Architecture of Bologna and Ravenna twelve months before.
Our first day was a visit to Bologna. Here Clare had arranged one or two surprise visits which led to a very busy programme. As well as seeing wonderful Art and Architecture, we were fortunate to observe the Graduation activities of various students who had been crowned with a laurel wreaths.
The next day we went by coach to Urbino. Fortunately we were able to see The Venus of Urbino by Titian which had recently been returned to the Ducal Palace for the first time in four centuries. We were able to view the masterpiece with no crowds. Those who recalled our lecture on The One Eyed Duke of Urbino were not disappointed as we were able to view the wonderful plasterwork and marquetry and admire the splendid views from the Palace.
The mosaic decorations in Ravenna were superb and having spent the morning seeing many differing mosaics you become somewhat overcome by them. We then viewed Dante’s tomb – a stunning marble construction which was a great contrast to the mosaics.
A most enjoyable visit to Northern Italy.

Glaziers Trust

October 4th 2016
After meeting at The Minster, we divided into two groups, one going to the Glaziers workshop and the other remaining at the Minster with our respective guides. We were given a very interesting talk on the history of stained and coloured glass, being told that York Minster had the oldest medieval glass in the world. We were also told how to ‘read’ the windows. Before most people were literate this was the way the congregation learnt passages from the Bible and what would befall them on death if they had lead a sinful life.
We then went to the Glaziers workshop where we were warmly welcomed by three conservators who were working in the final stages of restoring the East Window. They showed us how they were protecting the glass from extreme variation in temperature
which causes condensation which can seriously erode the glass and they explained how they were reducing the width of the lead which holds the glass in place. A most interesting morning learning just how much work and care goes into keeping the Minster’s beautiful windows looking their best and being protected from the elements which can be so destructive and harmful.