Study Days

On the stage seeing the operating systems

On the stage in Hull New Theatre

Welton Church

Burton Constable

Whether it’s exploring behind the scenes at Hull’s New Theatre, handling historic documents at Beverley’s Treasure House, or learning how stained glass is made, Study Days provide the opportunity for a closer look at something of interest in our area.

These are usually two a year and they are within a radius of around fifteen miles, so you can make your way independently.

Back in June 2019, notwithstanding the pouring rain, we visited the beautiful little village of Welton, where we saw some of the best pre-Raphaelite stained glass in the country in St Helen’s church, and learned about the history of the rich landowners in the Georgian houses Pevsner admired so much, this was followed by lunch in Dick Turpin’s pub afterwards.

Previous Study Days have also included tailor-made talks at the University of Hull and the Ferens Art Gallery on Walter Goodin,  Leonardo da Vinci and Andy Warhohl; Upstairs and Downstairs visits to Burton Agnes, Burton Constable and Hull New Theatre, as well as visits to churches in Hull and Barton.

The King’s Fool and the Mosiac that Walked

Our study day for 2021, which should have taken place in 2020, provided the opportunity to discover one of the most popular of our Wolds settlements, Brantingham, a very pretty village with a fascinating history.

Brantingham Church on a beautiful sunny day

The church was the setting for a fascinating talk by Michele Lewis, our Study Day Co-ordinator, about the remains of a Roman villa and two well preserved mosaic floors that were found nearby.  One of these floors can be seen in the Hull Museum, but the second mysteriously vanished.

This was followed by an interesting talk about Brantingham Thorpe House and its most famous owner Sir Christopher Sykes.  The Sykes family built their fortune in finance and shipping and in 1872 Christopher paid for Brantingham Church to be restored.  He also became a friend of Edward, Prince of Wales and his smart 'set' but after entertaining them at Brantingham Thorpe on numerous occasions he was nearly bankrupted.

After a coffee break Julie Branton spoke about the history of the Church and its 12th century origins.  This was followed by the Verger telling of the difficulties of maintaining such an old building, then we heard a local resident's memories of life in the village in times past.

Afterwards, we explored the village and looked at some of the more interesting houses and cottages clustered round the pond, thus concluding an excellent day.