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Walton and Hersham


Tuesday 18th March 2008
Terracotta Army, British Museum

40 members visited the British Museum in March to see the amazing Terracotta Army from China.


Horse from the Terracotta Army buried for Emperor of
Qin (Shi Huangdi) in 209-210 BC


Wednesday 16th July 2008
Waddesdon Manor and its outstanding art treasures

Booking opens at June meeting.

Waddesdon Manor was designed as a Renaissance style chateau based on those in the Loire valley. It was built in the years 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, one of its main purposes being to display his outstanding collection of art treasures. The house contains some of the highest quality French furniture, textiles and decorative arts from the 18th century together with magnificent English portraits and Dutch Old Master paintings. The house is situated on a hilltop overlooking Aylesbury Vale and has one the finest Victorian gardens in Britain.

We shall travel there and return by coach.

Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, Bucks

Monday 20th October 2008
Westminster Abbey and the Cabinet War Rooms

We shall be conducted around the Abbey by a verger. Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic church, in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs. It briefly held the status of a cathedral from 15461556, and is currently a Royal Peculiar.

The Cabinet War Rooms, now known as the Churchill Museum, were constructed in 1938 and were heavily used by Winston Churchill during World War II. Engineered as a bunker, the facility was equipped with a steel-reinforced "roof". However, the Cabinet War Rooms were vulnerable to a direct hit and were abandoned not long after the war. They were opened to the public in 1984 and are now maintained by the Imperial War Museum.

The section of the War Rooms open to the public is only a portion of a much larger facility. They originally covered three acres (12,000 m) and housed a staff of up to 528 people, with facilities including a canteen, hospital, shooting range and dormitories. The centrepiece of the War Rooms is the Cabinet Room itself, where Churchill's War Cabinet met.