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ACE Cultural Tours

ACE Cultural Tours is an operator of educational and cultural travel tours. Specialising in small group tours with expert leaders such as English Heritage.[1]

ACE Cultural Tours is owned by the ACE Foundation, an educational charity which forms links with the countries visited by ACE Cultural Tours by supporting local educational projects and providing scholarships. ACE Cultural Tours currently conducts operations in over 50 countries worldwide.[2]

The company was founded in 1958 by University for the Creative Arts) and Professor John Evans (Director of the Institute of Archaeology, London).[4] In its early years, ACE mainly provided courses for student and professional groups coming to Britain from abroad, particularly, but not exclusively, from the United States and Scandinavia.[4] One of the first summer schools, entitled Tradition and Experiment in British Society, held at Exeter College, Oxford, included a keynote speech by Clement Attlee.[4]

In 1964, archaeology became of greater significance within the organisation and Mr Barnes was able to arrange placements on excavations for students from England in

  • ACE Cultural Tours
  • ACE Foundation
  • English Heritage
  • James Hockey Gallery
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology

External links

  1. ^ English Heritage: Ace Cultural Tours
  2. ^ "Cultural Tours". ACE Foundation. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Clark, Peter (16 September 2009). "Philip Barnes obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Ed. Barnes Paul, 50 Years of Cultural Travel, Association for Cultural Exchange. 2008,
  5. ^ The Alabaster Images of Medieval England, Francis Cheetham, The Association for Cultural Exchange & Boydell Press, 2003, ISBN 1-84383-028-0 (978-1843830283)
  6. ^ English Medieval Alabasters: With a Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Second Edition, Francis Cheetham, The Association for Cultural Exchange & Boydell Press 2005, ISBN 1-84383-009-4 (978-1843830092)


In 1992, Philip Brooke Barnes handed over the administration of ACE to his son Hugh Brooke Barnes who had worked with the company for eight years previously, and his son Paul became General Secretary in 2002 having worked as his assistant since 1998.[4]

Following his retirement as Director of Norwich Museum, Francis Cheetham lectured extensively for ACE between 1993 and 2006. The ACE Foundation co-published two books written by Cheetham, an expert on Medieval alabasters, The Alabaster Images of Medieval England and English Medieval Alabasters: With a Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. [5] [6]

[4], in the 1980s.Three Choirs Festival The music courses expanded to include festivals, such as the [4].Denis Stevens, and was directed by the musicologist Merton College, Oxford The first musical appreciation course was held in 1970 at [4].Gustav VI Adolf by the King of Sweden, Sofiero Castle On one occasion, tour participants were personally shown around the royal summer palace at [4]

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