Friends excursions: Trinity House
Join us for a special private tour of Trinity House, which overlooks the Tower of London. Designed by architect Samuel Wyatt and built in 1796, Trinity House is home to the UK’s largest maritime charity concerned with the safety, welfare and training of mariners.
We return to this elegant neoclassical building for a tour of the grand entrance hall, magnificent staircase and the suite of state rooms which feature many fine paintings, models, historic photographs and marine-related treasures. We also visit the Court Room to view the silver collection and the painted ceiling by J. F. Rigaud, which was restored by pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt in 1850.
Since being incorporated by Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514, the Corporation of Trinity House has had a long and eventful history in service of the mariner. We learn about the core functions of the Corporation of Trinity House as they were set out in 1514 and which are still implemented today. Rebuilt after the Second World War, its beautifully-appointed rooms have hosted mariners, royalty, prime ministers and scientists from all over the world.
● Fully booked
Monday 26 February 2018
3 — 4.15pm
Meet outside the main entrance to Trinity House (between the canons), Trinity Square, Tower Hill, EC3. Nearest tube station: Tower Hill.
£30. Includes coffee/tea and biscuits at the end of the tour.