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01 March 2016

Inside England’s Country Houses

This year, ACE is delighted to welcome Dr Adam White to our growing ranks of expert Tour Directors. In addition to being an experienced art historian and museum curator, Adam is also one of Britain’s leading authorities on English Elizabethan and Jacobean sculpture. This summer, he will lead two brand new tours that step behind the scenes of country houses in Yorkshire and Northamptonshire, opening up a clutch of private visits and speaking to the owners and curators of these historic collections. Adam writes:

“As Hon. Curator of Collections at Lotherton Hall, I’m responsible for the art collections of this historic house museum, as well as the ceramics collection at Temple Newsam House. My research interests include all aspects of the English country house, from the Reformation to the present day: architecture, interior design, furnishings, patronage and collecting of the fine and decorative arts, as well as the social, family and estate history of these wonderful places.

“Having worked at Lotherton Hall and Temple Newsam in Leeds for over twenty years, I am particularly excited to open my little black book for ACE travellers to really get under the skin of Yorkshire’s fantastic historic houses. We can look forward to special access to places that people simply don’t normally get to see, like Weston Hall – a true ‘sleeping beauty’ of a house which is very rarely open to visitors – and Clifton Castle, where the Marquess of Downshire will be giving us a personal guided tour of his family home.

“We’ll also enjoy truly expert guidance. Daru Rooke, who will be our guide at Cliffe Castle, is the Curator there and has masterminded the restoration of its historic interiors. At Burton Constable, we shall be shown around by Dr David Connell, the Director of the Burton Constable Foundation who has been at the forefront of the rescue of the house and the study of its interiors and collections.”

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16 February 2016

Discover Spain: Art, History & Landscapes

Spain is often overlooked as a cultural destination – astonishing for a country that is second only to Italy in its quantity of UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites. In fact, the country boasts a wealth of art, architecture, history and wildlife to explore, from wonderful pre-Romanesque architecture in Asturias to bird-watching in Monfragüe National Park, or from military history in Iberia to modern art in San Sebastián – the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

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08 February 2016

Reflections on Iceland

Ahead of her 2016 tour, ACE expert Tour Director and natural historian Harriet Allen reflects on her enduring fascination with Iceland:

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