Friends of GRDM Visit to Wightwick Manor on Tuesday 18th September 2018

Built for the successful 19th century industrialist Theodore Mander this is a rare surviving example of a house influenced by the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements.   Mander was inspired to decorate the interior of the manor with wallpapers and fabrics designed by William Morris, tiles by William De Morgan and glass by Charles Kempe, after he heard a lecture by Oscar Wilde in Wolverhampton in 1884 on ‘The House Beautiful’. There will also be an opportunity to see paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, including a temporary exhibition of work by Lizzie Siddall, the ill-fated wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  The visit will include a one hour guided tour of the house, an opportunity for a self-guided visit to the permanent William and Evelyn de Morgan exhibition, and an opportunity to investigate the wonderful gardens created by the Arts & Crafts garden designer Thomas Mawson. In 1937 Wightwick Manor passed into the care of the National Trust.  For more information on Wightwick Manor click here

Cost:     £15 payable in advance to cover coach hire cost

Entry to House and Gardens: FREE for NT members and £10.50 for non-members payable in person on the day.  £9.25 for savoury buffet lunch payable in person on the day.

Only 25 places available  Click here for booking form