A day out to Kelly House and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter

A group of us set off for Kelly House on a rainy and gloomy day. We were met there by Warin Kelly, the 31st squire, and his daughter Sophie, along with a warm and welcoming fire and some of the best flapjacks in the world!

Listening to Warin Kelly talking about his house

Listening to Warin Kelly talking about his house

Warin told us some history of the house and his family, and took us round the house and grounds. He was a font of knowledge and introduced us to a new word – squarson. That’s a parson who’s also a squire! Feel free to drop it into a conversation and impress all your friends.

Admiring old photographs in the library of Kelly House

Admiring old photographs in the library of Kelly House

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Marilyn Barnard and Richard & Elizabeth Machell brave the rain with Warin Kelly.

From Kelly House, our coach took us into Exeter where we had a brief lunch break before meeting at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum for a tour. The museum has an interesting way of displaying objects by collector – and this includes a case containing a constantly changing exhibition of current collections. The present one is Hello Kitty!

The collectors' case at RAMM - currently showing a Hello Kitty collection! (Charlotte Robinson looks a little dubious.)

The collectors’ case at RAMM – currently showing a Hello Kitty collection! (Charlotte Robinson looks a little dubious.)

Marilyn Barnard, Val Barnecutt, Sandra Verran and Ros Prigg have a laugh while looking at a model of Exeter

Marilyn Barnard, Val Barnecutt, Sandra Verran and Ros Prigg have a laugh while looking at a model of Exeter

After the tour, we had time for a look around the museum on our own. Many of us made a beeline for the BP Portrait Award gallery, all choosing our favourites.

Despite the miserable weather, we all had a fantastic time. You can see more photos of the day here.

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