A unique landscape by artist Diego Velázquez, painted for King Philip IV of Spain, is on loan from the National Gallery in London for the first time, and is exhibited at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Continue reading…
An exceptional example of British Edwardian engineering has been brought back to working order by a team of highly skilled and dedicated volunteers, working with the National Trust at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. The engine dates back from around 1907 and it is thought to be the only one of its kind to remain in its original location in the former engine house on Brownsea Island. Originally installed to supply electricity to Brownsea Castle, the engine sat derelict for decades, its glory of olden days stripped away and in pieces.
The National Trust team at Mompesson House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close opened its doors for the 2017 season on the 11 March with a new exhibition and shop.
An extraordinary collection of early photographic technology and images is being transferred from the British Film Institute to the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock in Wiltshire, thanks to a £36,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from Art Council England’s Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Materials (PRISM) fund.
Several National Trust countryside properties are currently in the spotlight as venues for artists to reveal their inspiration and creative processes until Sunday 2 October.
With over 210 venues taking part, Somerset Open Studios is a countywide opportunity to view over 300 artists and makers from a range of disciplines in their working environment. Now the largest visual art and design event in Somerset, this year’s line-up includes established names such as Richard Pomeroy, Angela Charles and Magnus Hammick; as well new and emerging artists.
Chedworth Roman Villa is hosting a week-long re-enactment event with the Roman Military Research Society re-creating Roman military and civilian life.
The Roman Military Research Society study, investigate and perform practical experiments to re-create, as accurately as possible, Roman military and civil life. They demonstrate the skills of the Roman Army and Romano-British people, including infantry, artillery, archery and everyday customs.
An exhibition of costumes from the hit BBC Two series, ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’, including those worn by stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Keeley Hawes and Sophie Okonedo, is on display at Lacock Abbey, where many scenes from the show were filmed.
The costumes are on display in the Great Hall of the abbey until 4 September 2016, giving visitors the chance to view their intricate detail first hand, and get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of ‘The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses’.
An ambitious project to transform Dyrham Park’s West Garden is gathering pace.
Inspired by a 17th-century engraving, the National Trust team of gardeners has set to work recreating some elements of the former garden, with a modern twist.
This recent phase began during the major conservation project to replace the leaking roof on the house last year, with new flower beds being marked out on the previously plain lawns. Visitors to the temporary roof-top walkway in the scaffolding were able to get a first glimpse and impressive aerial view of this work.
The National Trust team has now begun the huge task of finding a new way to tell the story of the 17th-century house, transforming the garden and building a lasting legacy for the attraction.
A collection of historic samplers from the Goodhart collection is on display for the first time in one dedicated room, at the National Trust’s Elizabethan mansion, Montacute House in Somerset. Continue reading…