Programme of Visits 2017 – 2018


VISIT on Friday 16 March 2018

Brampton Bryan Hall, Herefordshire – about 8 miles west of Ludlow

The Friends’ Committee has agreed an addition to the Visits Programme for this year. Edward and Victoria Harley welcome visitors to their house on a few occasions each year and we are fortunate to have received an invitation.

Brampton Bryan Castle and Estate passed to the Harley family in 1309, on the marriage of Bryan de Brampton’s daughter Margaret to Robert Harley. The Brampton Family had held the Estate since the Domesday Book, and thus there has been an unbroken line of family ownership for over 900 years. During the Civil War the castle was defended by Lady Brilliana Harley; her letters survive and give an extraordinarily vivid picture of a castle under siege. The tour will include a brief talk by Edward Harley outlining the history and introducing items to be seen later seen in the house.

More information and a booking form will be sent round in early January. At this stage please just pencil the date in your diary. Please note that you will have to make your own arrangements for transport – we will try to arrange a lift for those who need one.

A further attraction is that Aardvark Books (over 50,000 second hand books and a cafe) is in Brampton Bryan and can also be visited.


Wednesday 6 June 2018.

Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. To follow up Pippa Shirley’s March talk. 

Saturday 18 August.

Afternoon visit to Pitchford Hall, Shropshire followed by tea



Priority booking is given to members of the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, but non-members are welcome if there are spare places. The costs of the visits reflect the travel distance, entrance fees and your choice of refreshments. The Visits’ programme is self-financing and does not impinge on the Friends’ financial support of the Museum and Art Gallery.

For more information please contact Margaret Thorpe, Vice-Chair and Visit Organiser:
By email at:
By mail at: FSMAG, c/o Visitor Information Centre, The Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LH


Archive of past visits

September  2017: Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House (Warwickshire)

June 2017: Aberystwyth and The National Library of Wales

November 2016: Worcester Cathedral and two Georgian churches.

September 2016: Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire.

May 2016: Coughton Court, Warwickshire.

November 2015: Tewkesbury Abbey and two Norman churches.

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