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            Bishop’s Stortford

    Decorative & Fine Arts Society


 Registered Charity Number: 281725


      A Member Society of


     The Arts Society










BSDFAS visit to Norwich Castle Museum and the Sainsbury Art Centre, 17 April 2018



First we visited the Sainsbury Centre where we were split into two groups, had a tour and lunch and then on to Norwich Castle Museum.  The Sainsbury Centre was one of the first major buildings designed by the then little known architect, Norman Foster, and was built to house the collection of 300 art works donated by Sir Robert and Lady Lisa Sainsbury.  The collection has now expanded to several thousand items including works by Epstein, Moore, Bacon, etc.

Norwich Castle Keep dates from about 1095 and was built by William the Conqueror.  It was used as a gaol until 1887 and converted into a museum in 1895.  It now holds collections of fine art, costumes, jewellery etc., and there are galleries with Anglo Saxon, Viking and Boadicea themes. It also holds the most comprehensive group of painting of the Norwich School, plus various other interesting art and a extensive collection of teapots!  Again we split into groups and were taken around by a very good guide.



 A few photos of the trip to Norwich.

 The first is a group of members looking at a Giacometti sculpture in the Sainsbury Centre.  The next two are general views of the Sainsbury Centre.  There are then an external view of Norwich Castle, an internal view of the Castle and  a view of two peasants from the Middle Ages using the communal w/c!










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