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Science Open Group (Sevenoaks U3A)
9th December 2019 14:00 - 16:00

Coffee Morning
12th December 2019 10:30

Computer Open Group (Sevenoaks U3A)
16th December 2019 14:00 - 16:00

New Year Lunch
6th 12:30 - 7th January 2020 15:00

Science Open Group
9th January 2020 14:30 - 16:30

Science Open Group (Sevenoaks U3A)
13th January 2020 14:00 - 16:00

Computer Open Group (Sevenoaks U3A)
20th January 2020 14:00 - 16:00

Knole U3A Monthly Meeting
27th January 2020 14:00 - 16:00

Science Open Group
6th February 2020 14:30 - 16:30

Science Open Group (Sevenoaks U3A)
10th February 2020 14:00 - 16:00

London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

26th June 2019

London Studies 1 visit a famous architect’s country house

One of the early London Studies 1 visits was to the quirky John Soane museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, on another outing we admired the memorial to his wife built in St Pancras churchyard. Almost 10 years later the group is still very active with many founder members and we have just visited Soane’s recently restored house in Ealing.
Originally it was a modest Georgian country house where he started his apprenticeship and he purchased it many years later when he was established as a very successful architect.  He constructed a grand facade complete with life size statues, added a light-filled conservatory overlooking the garden and several curved ceilings, arches and alcoves in his characteristic neo-classical style.
His wife found the house isolated and rather dull in its quiet rural (!) setting; the Chinese painted wallpaper in the largest room may have been added to cheer her up. It would have been a colourful and lively contrast to John Soane’s magnificent collection of Roman funeral urns, now in his museum. 

The current Anish Kapoor exhibition was a bonus. The mirror sculptures that create reflected, inverted and distorted images moving in bubbles of light were an Alice Through the Looking Glass experience.

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