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The Musical Museum and Syon House
Thursday 25 July 2019

Departure from APMH is at 9.00 am.

We go first to The Musical Museum in Kew Bridge Road. One of a kind, the museum houses a remarkable collection of self-playing musical instruments from tiny musical boxes to a rare surviving example of the Mighty Wurlitzer of olden-day cinema fame. We will have coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival, followed by a talk and demonstration of some of the instruments. The morning concludes with a short concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer. (Most galleries have some seating, and we will all be seated for the concert.)

After a ploughman’s lunch at the museum, we drive the short distance to Syon House, the residence on the bank of the Thames of the Dukes of Northumberland. There will be a guided tour lasting about an hour. As well as sumptuous interiors and a fine collection of furniture and paintings, the house has a fascinating history. The powerful Percy family played a notable part in English history. It was there in July 1553 that Lady Jane Grey was declared queen. Other connections are as varied as the Gunpowder Plot and Pocahontas.

Following the tour, tea and cake is provided in the Wyevale Garden Centre, just outside the house’s shop/reception. It will also be possible to re-enter the grounds after tea and a visit to Charles Fowler’s elegant Great Conservatory and its exotic plant collection is highly recommended.  

Please note: the cafe closes at 5pm and may wind down somewhat earlier so, if you decide to visit the Conservatory before taking tea, do not leave the refreshments to the last moment.

We will leave for home at approximately 5.00 pm.