Beginning our second day with a lovely, privileged private visit to The Royal Gallery at Buckingham Palace, we continued back at our lecture room with alumna Nicola Turner-Inman, curator of Decorative Arts at the Royal Collections and then the fantastic Ryan Gilbey on cinema, climate scientist Paul Williams on...climate science, and we rounded off the day with the evergreen William Lorimer talking about his times as furniture expert at Christie's.
This morning half of us met early and had (yet another!) private visit, this time to the Venetian paintings at The National Gallery, followed by a visit to the Leadenhall Building aka The Cheesegrater. Simon Tonks, associate partner at Rogers, Stirk & Harbour gave us a brilliant tour of the local district, including getting into the underbelly of the Lloyds Building, one of Rogers' first architectural triumphs, and then up, like Willy Wonka, in the glass elevator, to the 42nd floor....always quite 'memorable' for those of us with a nervous disposition!
Finally we visited Tate Modern, roamed around the wonderful, free collections, and came home.