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GLASGOW MEMBERS' CENTRE
( Charity Number SC 024399 )

The Glasgow Members' Centre draws its membership mainly from the Glasgow City area. The Centre offers a full and varied programme of events in both winter and summer. The activities include :-

Note new venue: all 2019 - 2020 meetings will be held in larger premises at Renfield St. Stephen's, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP.
Renfield St. Stephen's was our original home when we were known as "Strathclyde members Centre", before separate centres were set up in Eastwood and Bearsden and Milngavie. The new venue will give extra space for existing and new members.

The programme for May 2019 to March 2020 is given below.

Programme May 2019 to March 2020

Excursions leave from North Hanover Street, opposite the side entrance to Queen Street Station.

1. House of Dun, Angus
Wednesday 22 May 2019, Depart 9.45 am, Return 7.30 pm (Approx)
Cost £35
(includes lunch.)
We will be making a return visit to this NTS property, near Montrose, this time in spring. Described as the "perfect 18th century laird's home", it was designed by Willian Adamoin the instructions of David Erskine, 13th Laird of Dun. Starting in 1730, it took 13 years to complete the house and courtyard. Perhaps the most memorable aspects of the property are the amazing plasterwork in the saloon, and its position in woodland above Montrose Basin.
2. Lowther Castle & Gardens, Cumbria
Thursday 20 June 2019, Depart 8.45 am, Return 7.30 pm (approx)
Cost £38
(includes lunch).
Today's visit is to a very unsual property. Lowther is near Penrith - please be assured that the drive there is much shorter than we have experienced to the Southern Lake District.
Settled in the area since the 12th century, the Lowthers had become very wealthy landowners by 1802 when William Lowther inherited (he was later made 1st Earl of Lonsdale). He decided to commission a very grand house in the Gothic style, his architect being the young Robert Smirke (later to be best known for his British Museum building). By 1936 the colourful 5th Earl could no longer afford to live at Lowther and during the war the estate was occupied by a Tank Regiment. In 1953 James Lowther became the 7th Earl, and was faced with a castle going to ruin, the gardens a wilderness and a bill for £25 million in death duties! By 1957 if seemed his only solution was to sell off all remeining contentc of the castle, then to remove the roof, leaving the building a lifeless shell. Going forward into the 21st century, ideas have changed, and the present generation are bringing the estate back to life as a place for visitors of all ages to enjoy. The still magnificent castle ruins have been stabilised, and the historic gardens are gradually being replanted under the supervision of Dan Pearson of Chelsea fame. There is an interesting exhibition, and also large cafe and shop.
3. Thirlestane Castle, Near Lauder
Wednesday 17 July 2019, Depart 9.45 am, Return 6.30 pm (approx)
Cost £38,
(includes lunch).
It is some years since we visited Thirlestane in the Borders, home to the Maitland Family for many generations. The present house with its striking Scottish Baronial exterior, is the work of many architects, including Sir William Bruce in the 17th century and Wiliam Burn in the 19th.
We will stop at Dobbies's, near Edinburgh, where you can purchase morning tea/coffee before continuing to Thirlestane for a light lunch (included). We will then tour the house, where there is much of interest, and there will be time to see the grounds, and, if you wish, to have afternoon tea in the tea-room (not included).
4. Pitlochry Theatre
Wednesday 21 August 2019, Depart 9.00 am, Return 7.15 pm (approx)
Cost £50
(includes lunch and a ticket for the matinee performance).
We hope many members will take the opportunity for this organised visit to Pitlochry Theatre. There is a separte application form (enclosed with the February mailing), as the booking arrangements are different, and we must confirm final nubers by the end of July.
Five Day Touring Holiday in North East England
Friday 13th to Tuesday 17th September 2019
Cost £420
(sharing a double or twin room) or £550 for a single room.
Accommodation for four nights (dinner, bed and breakfast) will be at the Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel, golf and Spa, Washington, Tyne and Wear.
On the outward journey we intend to stop at the two villages, Ford and Etal, just over the border into Northumberland, where we will have lunch.On subsequent days we hope to visit the National Trust properties Gibside, Seaton Delaval and Cragside, as well as various places on atour of Newcastle, and privately owned Raby Castle, near Darlington. One lunch is incuded, as is insurance, porterage and gratuity for the coach driver. Not included are lunches on other days and other refreshments.
5. Arniston, near Gorebridge
Tuesday 1 October 2019, Depart 10.30 am, Return 6.30 pm (approx)
Cost £42
(includes afternoon tea).
Please note that afternoon tea rather than lunch is included for this excursion, but you will have the opportunity to buy a snack when we stop of Dobbie's before the visit.
Our autumn outing takes us south of Edinburgh to Arniston, home of the Dundas-Bekker Family. This will be a private visit to a house which has limited public access.
As at Dun, the architect was William Adam in 1726, and the client was Robert Dundas, later Lord President of the Court of Session (1748 - 53). There have been many alterations to the structure over the years, but there are some beautiful interiors, which we will see on conducted tours.
Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 14:00
Niall Murphy Deputy Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust discusses the work of architect H. E .Clifford.
Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 14:00
Fergus Sutherland Archaeologist and television personality will talk about Chapels in Western Infirmary and Gartnavel Hospital.
Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 14:00
A.G.M followed by a talk by Casci Ritchie who is an independent dress historian.
Casci will relate to us how the impact of the cinema influenced fashion.
Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 14:00
Crissie White former head of textiles in the Glasgow School of Art and on the committee of vernacular furniture society.
Crissie will detail the development of Scottish furniture and decoration.

National Trust for Scotland Glasgow Members' Centre is a registered Scottish charity number SC024399.

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