Trip: Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery is one of Britain's finest small art galleries with an eclectic collection of works which includes George Romney and many of the greatest watercolourists of the 18th and 19th century, such as John Ruskin, David Cox and John Sell Cotman. There will be an introductory talk before enjoying the gallery. The Museum of Lakeland Life is also nearby if time allows.

Blackwell was designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott in 1900 as a country retreat for Sir Edward Holt. It sits proudly above Lake Windermere representing the epitome of the Arts and Crafts movement. In recent years it has been sympathetically restored by the Lakeland Arts Trust, while still retaining an outstanding amount of original decorative detail. A member of curatorial staff will provide an introduction, followed by an opportunity to explore the house and look at an exhibition on William Morris.