The Courtauld is delighted to offer a special events programme for Friends. Friends enjoy a priority-booking period of 10 days for events, as well as special Friends’ rates. Courtauld alumni and supporters are also most welcome to participate in this events programme and may bring guests.

Booking details
To make a booking, use the enclosed form. For further information or additional booking forms, contact: Pia Rainey (Friends Manager)
Telephone: 020 7845 4681

Website calendar
A full list of all activities, events, workshops, lectures, conferences and talks can be viewed under Friends, Research Forum, Conferences & Events and Study programmes on the website calendar.

Christopher Wren from the Monument to the Mansion House
Thursday 16 June 11am to 12.45pm
City walk around places of worship with Anna Fenn
Everyone is aware there is an abundance of wonderful churches of architectural importance in and around the City of London, and this event is an opportunity to visit some of these hidden gems. Anna Fenn, Courtauld alumna and Blue Badge Guide, will take us on a fascinating walk that will include eight Wren Churches. Sir Christopher Wren, scientist and mathematician, is one of the most prolific of English architects. The Great Fire of London was the making of him when Charles II made him responsible for rebuilding St Paul’s Cathedral as well as over fifty new City Churches that had been destroyed.
Meeting point: The Monument, Canon Street, ec4 at 10.50am. The tour will last just under 2 hours and we will have lunch in the City afterwards.
Price per ticket £10 (Friends), £12 (Non-Friends)

Treasures of the Conway Library with Champagne Cocktails
Wednesday 29 June 6.30pm to 8pm
Conway Library with Dr Lindy Grant
The Conway Library contains a magnificent collection of nineteenth century photographic prints, some of the finest of which are buildings in France. This evening is a wonderful opportunity to see this magnificent collection at close quarters and hear more about techniques of early photography with Curator, Dr Lindy Grant. Some of the greatest photographers of what is often called 'the golden age of photography’ (1850 to 1880) are represented at the Conway Library including Henri le Seq, Edouard Baldus, Gustave le Gray and Charles Marville. Most are fine albumen prints, but there are also some early salt paper prints from around 1850. The photographs include: Garnier’s Opera House under construction; Notre-Dame during Viollet-le-Duc’s restoration; the Tuileries before its destruction in 1870; the Hotel de Ville as a burnt-out wreck; as well as new department stores, stations and the swimming pools on the Seine in Second Empire Paris.
Place: Conway Library, Courtauld Institute
of Art at 6.30pm.
Price per ticket £13 (Friends), £15 (Non-Friends).
This evening is generously supported by Champagne Jacquesson

Dr Samuel Johnson’s House
Wednesday 21 September 11am to 12noon
With Natasha McEnroe Curator Dr Johnson’s House
We are delighted that Natasha McEnroe, Curator Dr Johnson’s House, has offered a special guided tour of Dr Johnson’s House. This house is one of the few remaining residential houses of the early 1700s and was built as a home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748 — 1759. It was here that he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary and entertained Joshua Reynolds, Dr Charles Burney and Elizabeth Garter among others. Now restored to its original condition, the house contains beautifully panelled rooms and a collection of fine period furniture, prints and portraits.
Meet at Dr Samuel Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London ec4. The tour will be followed by lunch in a local restaurant.
Price per ticket £10 (Friends), £12 (Non-Friends)

The Abbey of Saint-Etienne at Caen. Albumen print, early 1850s, by an unknown photographer, from the collection of the Conway Library