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TACS Antique & Collectable Tile Fair 2019

Saturday 5th October, 2019 (10.00 AM -3.00PM). Annual Antique & Collectable Tile Fair. St. Jude’s Church Hall, Mapperley, Nottingham NG3 5HE. Open to non-TACS Members.

Once again, we can add the ever-popular tile fair onto our events calendar. Please come and visit, same venue, new cost £5.00, refreshments available and, as ever, free parking. No need to book, just come along and pay on the door. NB Dealers need to book tables at the usual cost of £40

St Jude’s is one mile north from the Nottingham City Centre on the B684 Woodborough Road off the A60 or from the A60 Sherwood up Mapperly Hall Drive past mini roundabout to T Junction – turn left to St. Jude’s 50 yards on left.

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TACS Events for Members 2019

Saturday April 6th, Touching History in Stoke-on-Trent inc lecture by Hans van Lemmen

Touching History is a collaborative project between Stoke Your Gratitude C.I.C., the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and TACS. One of the outcomes will be Tactile Interpretations and a Tactile Book for visually impaired people featuring a selection of specially chosen Minton & Co. encaustic tile designs of the period 1840-42. A special event for TACS members will be generously hosted by Ceramic City Stories at Clayhead, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7RH, that will include a show of early Minton encaustic tiles used for the making of the Tactile Book, a talk on the creation of Tactile Tile Interpretations and the Tactile Book by Bret Shah, a lecture on early Minton encaustics by Hans van Lemmen, and a visit to the nearby Minton Hollins tile factory preserved office building. Also, if it can be arranged there will be a visit to the nearby Holy Trinity Church (1842) in Hartshill, covered with early Minton encaustic floor and wall tiles.

Cost £10, max 20 people

Saturday May 11th, guided tile tour of Winchester cathedral and environs

Ian Glenday, expert guide at Winchester cathedral, will lead a tour focusing on generations of floor tiles from 1200 to the present day. Winchester cathedral has one of the most important surviving indoor medieval pavements in the country. The tour will last approximately 2 hours with time for questions. After lunch we will visit the Muniments Tower of Winchester College which has two medieval pavements. Along Southgate Street are further points of interest including the former Church of St Thomas and St Clement and Fiennes House which we will visit if time allows. We will end the tour at the Hospital of St Cross with its medieval tiles and later alterations by William Butterfield.

(group ticket for Winchester cathedral inc in price below; any other entry fees are NOT included).

Cost £15 per person, max 18 people

Saturday June 8th, tiles of Oxford inc Ashmolean curator-led tour

We will meet at the Ashmolean and enjoy a curator-led talk on the impressive tile collections including medieval and Islamic. Entry to the Dimensions Islamic tile exhibition is included. This will be followed by a guided walking tour with Katherine Bradley, local historian. The walking tour will include visits to the Town Hall (which has De Morgan tiles); Christ Church (medieval tiles) and a small number of other college chapels with tiles all within walking distance.

Cost £15 per person, max 15 people

Saturday 6th July 2019, TACS AGM in Coventry, The Belgrade Theatre

AGM and walking tour of Coventry led by tile conservator Lesley Durbin. Discover Coventry’s unique 20th century design interest and appreciate why it will be City of Culture 2021.

The group will meet in Broadgate, at the head of the Upper Precinct, where we will hopefully see Lady Godiva emerging from the clock tower with its backing of Carter & Co tiles designed by Peggy Angus. The walking tour will start with the Martyr’s Mosaic in Broadgate House and continue to the Lower Precinct, taking in other points of mosaic interest, to view the Gordon Cullen Mural which portrays the history of Coventry in Carter & Co tiles. We will visit the Belgrade Theatre with Martin Froy’s ‘Four Seasons’ mosaic, before returning to Broadgate and Holy Trinity Church, where there is a medieval wall painting.  As time allows, we will visit Jordan Well to look at two examples of glazed faience and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. Unfortunately, the Guildhall is not available to us.

We will time our walking tour to arrive at Coventry Cathedral  leaving ample time to take in the magnificent architecture of Sir Basil Spense. We will now be holding the AGM at The Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry CV1 1GS, in the Burbidge room. This is a change to the original location.  If time and facilities allow there will be a short talk with slide show about the conservation and restoration of the Gordon Cullen Mural. The AGM will start at 2PM.

Total cost £10 (the AGM alone is free to attend) – delegates note that whilst entrance to the Museum and Cathedral is free, donations are always gratefully received.

Saturday 5th October, TACS annual tile fair, St Jude’s Church Hall, Nottingham, NG3 5HE

See above for details . Open to Non-Members.

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