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DateVisit
05 December 2017The American Museum in Britain and Bath Christmas Market - BOOKING OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2017 - Details of this visit see below.
19 February 2018ROYAL ACADEMY. CHARLES 1 - KING AND COLLECTOR. BOOKING NOVEMBER 2017 AND JANUARY 2018 - see details below.
12 April 2018HIGHCLERE CASTLE, GARDENS AND EXHIBITION. BOOKING FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2018 - see details below
02 May 2018ARUNDEL CASTLE BOOKING MARCH AND APRIL 2018 - see details below
06 June 2018LONDON WALK WITH ANDREW DAVIES - KINGS CROSS AND ST PANCRAS. BOOKING APRIL AND MAY 2018 - see details below
02 July 2018OSBORNE HOUSE: ISLE OF WIGHT. 2 JULY 2018. BOOKING MAY AND JUNE 2018 - see details below.

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The American Museum in Britain and Bath Christmas Market - BOOKING OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2017 - Details of this visit see below.
Tuesday 05 December 2017

The American Museum in Britain opened to the public in 1961 - the achievement of four colleagues: Dr Pratt (an American psychiatrist and collector) , John Judkyn (a British born antiques dealer), Nick Bell Knight (a furniture restorer employed at Judkyn's business in Britain) and Ian McCallum, the Museum's first Director - a transatlantic alliance.  Collecting for the Museum began in 1958, each piece testifying to the artistry of Americans and how these people lived in the past.  Panelling and floors were shipped over to Britain, enabling period roms from demolished buildings in America to be reconstructed within the spacious interiors of Claverton Manor.

Many decades on, the American Museum in Britain remains the only Museum outside the United States to showcase the decorative arts of America.  It takes you on a journey through the history of America from its early settlers to the C20th.  With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American tradition.  The only Museum of Americana outside the United States, it was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe.

The Bath Christmas Market is one of the most popular events in the UK with more than 170 beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath's World Heritage Site.