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16 May 2019Waterperry Gardens & the Sir Paul Getty Library - full day visit – Members take preference
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Waterperry Gardens & the Sir Paul Getty Library - full day visit – Members take preference

Thursday 16 May 2019

A rare opportunity to visit one of the finest private collections of books and manuscripts in the country, created by the late Sir Paul Getty.  Housed in a purpose built library at the Wormsley Estate, it is never open to the general public except by special invitation.  Places will first be offered exclusively to Members until 14th March.

The theme of the library is the Art of the Book, as expressed through printing, illustration, illumination, calligraphy and, in particular, bookbinding. Highlights include rich and vivid medieval illuminated manuscripts; the first edition of Caxton’s printing of The Canterbury Tales; Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and a Shakespeare first folio.

The day will commence with a visit to Waterperry Gardens, made famous by Beatrix Havergal who established her School of Horticulture for Ladies here in 1932. It is home to 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, gallery, museum, garden and gift shops and a tea room.  In the afternoon, we visit the Library.


Since we anticipate a high demand for this visit, we are first taking bookings from Members only until 14th March.  Then non-Members will be able to apply.  If the bookings from Members exceed the number of places, we will ballot the applications.

Price: £45 (excluding refreshments and lunch)

Group size: 28 people maximum