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Heritage Tour - Chesterfield & The Harley Gallery

14th September 2019


Entry Fees Extra

Pickup Times

£25.00 (Entry fees extra)
Coach leaves Northwich Memorial Court at 8.30am (b)
Other Pick-Up Points available

Chesterfield, best known for its twisted spire, is a thriving market town. Chesterfield Market is one of the largest open air markets in England and has been trading for over 800 years. The flea market is one of the largest in the country. Browse around the stalls and find yourself a bargain, or maybe a priceless antique in disguise! Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery tells the Story of Chesterfield, from its Roman origins to its growth as a market town and up to the present day. The Museum also reflects the town’s important industrial heritage, tracing the development of coal mining and local industries. Chesterfield’s most famous Victorian resident, George Stephenson, the ‘Father of the Railways’ is also featured.

We then spend the afternoon at the Harley Gallery, near Worksop. Ivy, Duchess of Portland set up The Harley Foundation in 1978. It is a charitable trust which works to encourage the enjoyment of the visual arts and to celebrate the handmade.

The Foundation works to create spaces where the imagination can flourish. It funds The Harley Gallery and The Portland Collection, which have both won awards for their architecture. The galleries are in The Courtyard at Welbeck, they are free to enter and show a changing programme of art exhibitions.

The Portland Collection includes outstanding examples from some of the most highly regarded artists of each period, and includes one of the largest privately-owned and significant collections of British portraits and miniatures. Many fine paintings reflect the family’s love of horse racing and horse training, including a unique group of twelve very large paintings of horses, dating from the early seventeenth century. The Collection also features work by John Herring and George Stubbs. The Portland Collection is known for its superb range of miniature paintings, dating back to Tudor period, sixteenth century, and including works by Hans Holbein and Nicholas Hilliard. Also see one of the largest collections of portraits painted in oils, still privately owned in England. Including works by Anthony van Dyck, Philip de Lazslo, Hyacinthe Rigaud and Sir Peter Lely – plus the only surviving painting by Marcus Gheeraedts the Elder. You might remember the news reports of a diamond tiara “worth millions” being stolen from the collection in November 2018.

The exhibition at the Harley Gallery is In My Shoes, exploring approaches to self-portraiture by British Artists since the 1990’s, encompassing film, photography and sculpture. Including works by Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk, Rachel McLean and Bedwyr Williams.


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