Special interest talks in 2019

A view of the Drawing Room with Jacobean-style plaster ceiling at Wightwick Manor

Join one of our knowledgeable team and special guests on one of our regular talks of the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris' circle.

Pre-booked daytime talks start at 10am and finish around 12noon-12:30pm. They start with a relaxed talk before you are guided on a walking tour of highlights of our collection link to the subject. For evening tours, the talks start at 7pm and continue as you are toured over both floors of the Manor, finishing around 8:30pm.

To book, please follow the links to our event page, or please call the National Trust booking office on 0344 249 1895.

Specialist Talk: Rossetti - Gabriel to Dante Saturday 13 July & Saturday 10 August, 10am - New for 2019

Join Helen, the House and Collections Manager, for a relaxed talk followed by a walking tour of the collection to celebrate the launch of our new exhibition for 2019.

A talk focusing on the early career of Dante Gabriel Rossetti before the founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as he experimented with his early artistic style.

£20 (+5% booking fee), booking essential. 

Specialist Talk: The Manders - Pioneering Collectors Saturday 18 May, 10am - New for 2019

Join Helen, the House and Collections Manager, for a relaxed talk followed by a walking tour of the collection.

This talk explores the connections the Manders, donors of Wightwick Manor, made with mid-20th century scholars, dealers and the descendants of the Pre-Raphaelites.

£20 (+5% booking fee), booking essential.

And this is, "Love among the ruins."
Lady Mander giving a guided tour of Wightwick Manor inthe 1960s.
And this is, "Love among the ruins."

Specialist Talk - Evelyn De Morgan’s Imaginary Worlds Tuesday 18 June, 7pm -New for 2019

Join De Morgan Foundation Curator, Sarah Hardy, for an evening exploring the imaginary landscapes in Evelyn De Morgan’s brilliant paintings.

From visions of Troy, to desolate beaches to dreamlike sunsets Sarah will reveal the meanings behind these mysterious world’s created by this radical Victorian artist.

The evening will start with a short tour around the Manor, focusing on the De Morgan collection, followed by a visit to the De Morgan Gallery for a sit-down talk.

£20 (+5% booking fee), booking essential. 

Specialist Talk - The Pre-Raphaelites - Sex, Drugs and Poetry Friday 19 July, 7pm

A tongue-in-cheek evening tour with a definite adult slant led by the House and Collections Manager.

The stories we've always wanted to tell about The Pre-Raphaelite Circle and their associates but didn't dare!

Over 18's only!

£20 (+5% booking fee), booking essential. 

Please check back as more talks will be announced later in 2019.