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TOUR | The Architectural Study Collection

event Saturday, 5 October 2019

access_time 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

£   15/20

location_on Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR

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PLEASE NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from the original tour date of Saturday, 17 August. Held at Wrest Park, and now in the care of English Heritage, is a unique collection of 6,000 objects telling the story of London’s buildings. The Architectural Study Collection (ASC) consists of a vast array of fascinating architectural objects – including 40 staircases, 219 mouldings and almost 1,000 wallpaper samples – from London architecture of the 17th to the 20th centuries. 

In the early 20th century, architectural elements were salvaged from buildings at risk of demolition by professional building inspectors, including those who worked for London County Council and later the Greater London Council (GLC). Some pieces were reused, but many were retained for reference or study, forming the core of the collection, inherited by English Heritage when the GLC was disbanded in 1986.

Our tour, led by Dickon Whitewood, English Heritage’s Curator of Collections and Interiors (East), provides an opportunity to see highlights from the collection up close and learn more about this incredible resource of London architectural artefacts. There will also be an option to visit the renowned gardens of Wrest Park.

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The London Society event ticket price includes taxi fare from Flitwick Train Station to Wrest Park (as detailed below) and entry to the Study Collection.  

It does not include return travel from London to Flitwick or entry to the house and grounds of Wrest Park, which you may wish to stay on and visit after the tour. NB the house and gardens are free to enter if you hold a current English Heritage membership.

Wrest Park is 4mi from Flitwick Station, as part of your ticket price we will arrange for taxi’s to meet the group off the 09:51 train from St Pancras International at Flitwick Train Station to take you out to the park. Should you not be on that train then you will need to arrange your own transport out to the park.

There is a café within the grounds for lunch or refreshments, alternatively you may wish to pack a picnic if you are staying on after the collections tour.

As people will invariably want to return to London at different times of the day we will provide details of local taxi firms on the reminder note that will go out 24hrs ahead of the tour.  Taxi fares will be generally be between £10 - £12 for an individual journey, you may also find that there might be a group of you who will want to return at the same time so will be able to car-pool.