Past Events

One-day Seminars

A Day with Sir James Thornhill

Eighteenth Century Architecture in Dorset (Visit to Chettle House)

Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.

An Appreciation

Wessex Gardens Past and Present

Eastbury Park – Cultural crossroad of the Eighteenth Century

Sir John Vanbrugh-Sir James Thornhill-Charles Bridgeman-James Thomson-George Bubb Dodington

Sir Christopher Wren & Sir James Thornhill

Architect & Painter at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Greenwich

Sir James Thornhill

The Artist at Work

Sherborne House and Sherborne in the Eighteenth Century

Dame Elisabeth Frink remembered through Film and Friends

The William Charles Macready Decade Sherborne 1850-1860

The Making of the Modern Town

Sherborne House – the Story so far

The Site, the Building, its Occupants and its Future

Annual Schools’ Exhibitions

Sherborne House


Visit to Thornhill House

Visit to Hampton Court


The Last Supper in St. Mary’s Church, collection of Thornhill material (Town Library), Coat of Arms (Brewer’s Quay Museum).


All Souls College, The Queen’s Collage, Ashmolean Museum, Clarendon Building Sculptures & Chinnor (Cartoons for the Rose Window in Westminster Abbey)

The Thornhill Obelisk (1727), Stalbridge

visit and lecture

Bush and Berry Studio (Bristol)

To see the restoration, cleaning and conservation of Thornhill’s full size copies of the Raphael Cartoons

Bristol - International Fine Art Restoration Studio

To see the cleaning and restoration of Streeter’s ceiling paintings in the Sheldonian, Oxford, and Bristol Art Gallery.


Painter-Stainers Hall (works by Thornhill and the Thornhill Cup) and St. Paul’s Cathedral (Dome, Library, Collection of Thornhill miscellanea)


The Painted hall, The Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum


Talk by Brett Dolman, Curator of Paintings at Hampton Court

Father in Law and Son in Law. James Thornhill and William Hogarth

From Thornhill to Turner - A Century of English Art

The Rich and Diverse Collections of the St Pauls Cathedral and its Library

Spitfire Women of WW2

Dorset Churches

On being a Mural Painter today

The Thirteenth Apostle- The birth of the British School of Art

Sir Christopher Wren and Sir James Thornhill

Wessex Gardens Past and Present

A Taste for the Exotic in Eighteenth Century England


Jeremy Barker Book Signing

Reading Dickens where Dickens read

The Feast of King Bean

Wessex Strings Concert

Trip to the Kennet and Avon Canal

Art Exhibitions

Exhibition in Holt Gallery

The Sherborne House Collection Exhibition - Holt Gallery

The Bloomsbury Group

Sherborne House

Going Modern – Being British

Sherborne House

Elisabeth Frink

Sherborne House

Images of Sherborne

Sherborne House

Fake or Fortune

The Holt Gallery

Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815)

The Holt Gallery

From Rembrandt to Hockney - Hidden Treasures in Sherborne Collections

The Holt Gallery

Print Exhibition

The Holt Gallery

Sir James Thornhill’s Preliminary Drawings for the Painted Hall at Greenwich

The Holt Gallery

The Friends of Sherborne House, St Andrew's, Westbury, Sherborne DT9 3RA