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The Royal Oak Foundation is the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our members enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of historic houses and gardens owned by National Trust and invitations to British-themed events nationwide here in the U.S.

To learn more about us, visit https://www.royal-oak.org/

Join today using code MEETUP2019 and receive 20% off your membership.

Upcoming events (4)

‘A Heaven on Earth’: William Morris’ Kelmscott Manor Revived

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Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire, is a rambling, limestone-built farmhouse that was the country home of writer and designer William Morris from 1871 until his death in 1896. It was also home to his wife Jane (‘Janey’), their children Jenny and May, and his friend, poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who shared it with them from 1871 until 1874. William Morris’s life and work as poet and designer, conservationist and socialist campaigner have made Kelmscott Manor internationally famous.

Morris thought of it as ‘a Heaven on Earth’, and loved every aspect of its ancient stone architecture, its barns, and meadows, and the village houses and landscape around it. The house remained the home of Morris's wife Jane until her death in 1913 Their daughter May bequeathed the house after her death in 1938 to the University of Oxford.

In the 1960s it passed to the Society of Antiquaries of London. Kelmscott has undergone a major programme of research and refurbishment, including returning some lost colour schemes, and recreating lost hangings and hand blocked wallpaper. The house will re-open to the public in April 2022.

Historian Jeremy Musson, FSA, author of the new guidebook on Kelmscott Manor will tell the story of the house and its remarkable owners, William and Jane Morris. He will illustrate the interiors and talk about the artistic and creative connections of this architectural treasure.

LIVE
Tuesday, May 24 | 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Online via Zoom

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From Wednesday, May 25 to Monday, June 6
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Tickets
$15 members; $20 non-members

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A Virtual Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Portland Maine

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Join Royal Oak as the Maine Historical Societytakes us on a guided tour of downtown Portland, named after the Isle of Portland, Dorset. This city’s seal aptly depicts a phoenix rising from the ashes, a homage to its resilience and recovery from multiple devastating fires. In this tour we will explore Portland’s rich maritime heritage and authentic character.

Through historic and contemporary photographs, we will discover how Maine’s largest city has changed over the past 400 years as we touch upon famous city residents, industries, architecture, historic landmarks, social history, and of course the Great Fire of 1866.

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Tuesday, May 25 | 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Online via Zoom

Tickets
$30 members and $40 non-members

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Isle of Wight—England in Miniature

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Take a digital journey around the fabulous Isle of Wight with tour guide Rob Smith. The Isle of Wight is a few miles off the coast of Hampshire but a journey there feels like a step back in time with quaint thatched cottages and country lanes. On this online journey we’ll visit historic Carisbrooke Castle, the National Trust Gardens at Mottistone, and Brading’s Roman Villa, with its wonderful mosaics.

The island has such a varied coastline, it is like England condensed into one small island. There are the majestic cliffs at the Needles so loved by Tennyson and strangely used in Britain’s space program. And the silent marshes of Newtown where the National Trust looks after the Old Town Hall that was at the heart of a political scandal. We will, of course call in at Queen Victoria’s favourite vacation spot – Osbourne House. Rob has been visiting the Isle of Wight since childhood and will take you to all his favourite spots.

LIVE
Wednesday, June 1 | 5:00 p.m. ET
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From Thursday, June 2 to Thursday, June 9
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Tickets
$30 members and $40 non-members

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Brooklyn Clubs, A (Mostly) Forgotten History

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By the start of the 20th century, the number of private clubs in Brooklyn rivalled that of Manhattan. From Brooklyn Heights to Bay Ridge, architectural historian Matt Postalwill lead us on an illustrated talk of their evolution and (mostly) overlooked history; including lost, former, and still flourishing examples. Brooklyn's first purpose-built clubhouse -- the Hamilton Club (1884), by George B. Post, will be addressed, as well as the remarkable homes of the Germania and Crescent Athletic clubs, both by Frank Freeman, who has been called "Brooklyn's greatest architect."

Join Royal Oak as we pay particular attention to the extant structures and when possible their impressive interiors. Such as the former Lincoln Club (Rudolph Daus, 1889), a Queen Anne style gem in Clinton Hill, the Venetian-Gothic Montauk Club (Francis Kimball, 1891), displaying an extraordinary continuous terra-cotta frieze in Park Slope, and the Heights Casino (Boring & Tilton, 1905) in Brooklyn Heights, boasting the nation's earliest indoor tennis court.

LIVE
Thursday, June 9 | 4:00 p.m. ET
Online via Zoom

RENT
From Friday, June 10 to Friday, June 17
Rent the recorded lecture to watch at your leisure

Tickets
$30 members and $40 non-members

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