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Tuesday 27th September 2016

A visit to Birmingham: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
& Winterbourne House and Garden

Barber Institute
Image: www.visitbirmingham.com

Winterbourne House and Garden
Image: www.winterbourne.org.uk

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was founded in 1932 in memory of Sir Henry Barber ‘for the study and encouragement of art and music’.  It is housed in one of Birmingham’s finest Art Deco Buildings on the campus of the University of Birmingham and features a concert hall and art galleries as well as a library and lecture halls.  Its galleries contain outstanding collections of international significance featuring many of  the greatest names in Western Art and the Institute enjoys a reputation as one of the finest small art galleries in Europe.

Winterbourne is situated a short distance from the Barber Institute and is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century suburban villa and garden following the style of the Arts and Crafts movement.  It was built in 1903 for John and Margaret Nettlefold, of Guest Keen & Nettlefold, as their family home. Margaret Nettlefold designed the garden, inspired by the designs of Gertrude Jekyll. 
The house was bequeathed
with its garden to the University of Birmingham in 1944; the garden became the University’s Botanic Garden while the house was used for teaching purposes and as an annex to one of the Halls of Residence.  It has recently been restored to its former splendour and exhibition rooms bring to life the history of the former owners while there are 7 acres of gardens to explore. 

Please note there are some uneven surfaces in the gardens and that suitable footwear should be worn.

 8.15 a.m.        Depart National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park
 8.30 a.m.        Pick up passengers at Wild Gardens Road, Roath Park
11.00 approx        Arrive Barber Institute.  Coffee and biscuits on arrival
11.30 a.m.        Guided tour of the collection followed by free time to explore further
  1.00 p.m        Leave Barber Institute. Walk to Winterbourne (5-10 minutes)
  1.15 p.m.        Buffet lunch at Winterbourne
  2.00-4.00 p.m.        Free time to explore house and garden
  4.00 p.m.        Depart for Cardiff, arriving 6.30 p.m. approx (depending on traffic)

The cost of the day for the day which includes coach travel, driver’s gratuity, entry, guided tour and coffee and biscuits at Barber Institute, entry and buffet lunch at Winterbourne will be £38. 
However, please note that members of the Royal Horticultural Society or the Historic Houses Association have free entry to Winterbourne so the cost for the day for them would be £33.55. 

To join the visit, please send a cheque payable to Friends of National Museum Wales together with a completed form to Janet Jones, Brayton, Creigiau, Cardiff CF15 9NN.  Tel: 029 20890216
email:  peter@jones3932.fsnet.co.uk Mob: 07592 812039. 

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope only if you have not provided an email address or you wish to receive a priority voucher should the visit be oversubscribed.                             


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