Stourhead restores Alexander Pope Quote

Pictures By Steven Haywood - The recarving an Alexander Poper inscription at the Grotto at National Trust's Stourhead Grotto, -using the traditional methods and tools.

The National Trust team at Stourhead, in Wiltshire, are working with experts from Cliveden Conservation to restore the worn lettering to a quote written by Alexander Pope in the first half of the 18th century and carved into the curved marble slab situated in the Grotto [1].

The recarving an Alexander Poper inscription at the Grotto at National Trust's Stourhead Grotto (c)National Trust/Steven Haywood

The recarving an Alexander Pope inscription at the Grotto at National Trust’s Stourhead Grotto (c)National Trust/Steven Haywood

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Stourhead comes alive with a tree top performance

Dramatic performance by Whispering Woods at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

This autumn the National Trust at Stourhead, Wiltshire, is hosting an aerial performance of ‘Red Threads’ by the talented Whispering Wood Folk.

The event, taking place on the 16 October at 2pm, will welcome the arrival of autumn and celebrate the wonderful display that nature creates in the Stourhead garden during the season.

Dramatic performance by Whispering Woods at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

Dramatic performance by Whispering Wood Folk at Stourhead (c)National Trust/Martin Tompkins

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Eye Tracking comes to Stourhead

Scientists from the ‘Eye Tracking Collective.landscape architecture’ at the Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences in Germany are working with the National Trust’s Stourhead in Wiltshire to study how visitors to the world-famous garden interact with the landscape around them.

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Eye Tracking glasses inside the Pantheon, Stourhead (c)National Trust/Steven Haywood

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Stourhead’s ‘School of Athens’ to be conserved

Steve Clare, from Holy Well, inspecting the work needed to the lunette window at Stourhead (c) National Trust / Alison Holmes

The National Trust team at Stourhead has commissioned Holy Well Glass, based in Wells, to carry out repairs and conservation work to the lunette window in the library in Stourhead House.

The lunette window was painted by Francis Eginton in 1803 and is based on Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’ depicting the greatest thinkers of the classical world.  It was commissioned by Richard Colt Hoare and designed specifically for Stourhead.

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Stourhead celebrates the first hints of Autumn

Stourhead autumn colours on a misty morning

A warm September and unremarkable summer could hold the secret to one of the most spectacular autumn colour seasons at Stourhead in Wiltshire.

The National Trust gardeners at Stourhead are hopeful that the trees and shrubs have benefitted from the gentle British summer this year and are set to put on a beautiful display around the lake at Stourhead.
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