DAN Heritage Tours Spring and Summer 2014 Jan 2014 - Page 5

Further Information and Bookings - www.danarts.co.uk Heritage Tours Nottingham and Wollaton Hall Saturday 12 April Coach departs Northwich Memorial Hall at 9.00amc Other pick-ups available £20.00 Ripon and the Church of Christ the Consoler Saturday 10 May Coach leaves Northwich Memorial Hall at 8.30amb Other pick-ups available £23.00 At over 3,000 square metres, Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary art centres in the UK. It has four galleries - lit by 132 skylights. Other attractions in the city include Nottingham Castle, the Galleries of Justice, Lace Market, Museum of Nottingham Life and Nottingham Cathedral. The cathedral architect was Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin who also designed the interior of The Houses of Parliament. After lunch we visit Wollaton Hall. It was originally designed by Robert Smythson and built in 1588 - the year of the Spanish Armada. The building is in the English Renaissance style and its flamboyant design is considered to be a masterpiece. It is home to the city's natural history museum and there are also period room settings. Ripon Cathedral was begun in the 7th century when Saint Wilfrid built one of England's first stone churches on this site. The Prison and Police Museum complex of buildings in St Marygate served Ripon as the House of Correction, Prison and Police Station. Ripon Workhouse was almost a self sufficient world of its own with its own teacher, chaplain and doctors. We finish the day at the Church of Christ the Consoler. With its colourful and vibrant interior, this Victorian church seems the very celebration of life, yet it stands as a testament to tragedy. It is a memorial to Frederick Vyner who, age 23, was captured and murdered by brigands in Greece in 1870. His mother used the money collected for his ransom to commission British architect William Burges to design this church. Telephone: 01606 41597 Black Country Museum Saturday 31 May Coach leaves Northwich Memorial Hall at 9.00amc Other pick-ups available £19.00 Black Country Living Museum is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time. Set in a landscape of 26 acres, it is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK, offering a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other. Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers bought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns. You can see bread, sweets, chain, nails and horse brasses all being made. The museum also has a fullscale working replica of a Newcomen steam engine. The 'fire engine' is housed in a brick building from which a wooden beam projects through one wall.