The Trollope Society arranges a number of social events for members. From formal dinners in magnificent locations, to holidays, weekends away and day-trips, where ever we can find a Trollope connection, we like to go and explore it. Many members of the society, having met at social events, have become firm friends – finding more in common than simply a love of Trollope.
In recent years we have been on a ten day tour of Ireland, visiting places where Trollope lived and the sites of many of his Irish novels. At Drumsna, the setting for Trollope’s first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran, we forged a close relationship with the people of the town. This has been strengthened each year by visits to the Drumsna International Trollope Summer School, and the Trollope Trail, officially opened by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland.
Having explored Trollope’s connections with Ireland, Scotland was the next destination for a Society break. From our base in Glasgow we visited Culzean Castle, possible inspiration for Lizzie Eustace’s castle, Portray, in The Eustace Diamonds. Crossing over to Edinburgh we had the opportunity of exploring the National Library of Scotland’s collection, including the John Murray Archive, and serialisations of The Last Chronicle of Barset.
As well as holidays and breaks, we arrange day-trips and visits, such as a recent visit to Harrow School, where we had the opportunity of seeing Trollope’s name carved into the wall, and of walking down the Obadiah Slope. We have visited Salisbury and Peterborough cathedrals, and explored the alms houses at Winchester, inspiration for Hiram’s Hospital in The Warden. Wherever Trollope went, we like to follow!
The society also hosts a number of exclusive dinners and other events. Venues for our dinner have included The Foreign Office, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. In 2015 to celebrate the bicentenary of Trollope’s birth the 200th Birthday Dinner was held in the magnificent surroundings of the Athenaeum, with distinguished guests such as Sir John and Dame Norma Major, Susan Hampshire, Clive Swift and The Lord and Lady Fellowes. It was at the dinner that Julian Fellowes announced that he would be adapting Dr Thorne for televison, to be broadcast on ITV in 2016.
Have a look at our Flickr album of the Bicentenary Dinner at the Athenaeum in April 2015
Whether you would like to tramp around the Trollope Trail in Ireland, or attend a glittering reception at Covent Garden Opera House, membership of the Trollope Society opens up the world of Anthony Trollope, and everyone is welcome to join us.