The Hollow Crown costumes on display at Lacock Abbey

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses

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’.

Lacock Hollow Crown costumes - Lady Bona 3 (c) National Trust - Alana Wright

Lacock Hollow Crown costumes – Lady Bona 3 (c) National Trust – Alana Wright

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Tyntesfield live music headliners announced

Show of Hands. L-R Miranda Sykes, Steve Knightly and Phil Beer (c) Show of Hands

Live from the Lawn returns to Tyntesfield for its third year with two top headliners from the world of Ska and Folk.

Dispelling the stereotype of a quintessential National Trust property, Tyntesfield is constantly challenging perceptions with its events program and this August is no exception. After the success of last year’s event the property, near Bristol, will be hosting 2 Tone legends The Beat, and Radio 2 award winning folk artists Show of Hands for two night time open-air concerts in a beautiful setting.

The Beat ft Ranking Roger (c) The Beat

The Beat ft Ranking Roger (c) The Beat

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BBC poet Ian McMillan to celebrate Coleridge

Coleridge Cottage - Ian Macmillan (c) National Trust - Adrian Mealing

BBC poet Ian McMillan to celebrate Coleridge

Poet and BBC radio presenter, Ian McMillan, will be hosting an entertaining evening celebrating the work of British Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on Monday 27 June.

Ian McMillan, presenter of BBC Radio Three’s ‘The Verb’, will give a talk as part of ‘Writing Places.’ The audience will be welcome to join Ian for the evening and put questions to him at the event being held in the village of Nether Stowey in Somerset, home to the National Trust’s award winning Coleridge Cottage.

Ian McMillan's welcome to his Bewdley Festival performance! (c) National Trust / Ruth Bourne

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The National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust explore Portraits after Hans Holbein the Younger

Jane Seymour (c) National Portrait Gallery, London

The new ‘Copying Holbein’ exhibition is now on show in the Long Gallery at Montacute House. Featuring portraits from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and National Trust, the display brings together a selection of surviving copies of portraits by German painter Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543).

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Francis Drake warts and all

Painting of Francis Drake at Buckland Abbey

A newly identified painting is thought to be the earliest known portrait of Francis Drake, now on display for first time at his Buckland Abbey home.

The painting, believed to be the earliest likeness of Drake, will be on loan from a private collector, Dirk T. Griffin, for the next 12 months and will be hanging in the Drake Chamber at the National Trust’s Buckland Abbey until early 2017.

Angus Haldane, independent curator and art historian, undertook research in 2014 that led to the discovery that the portrait depicted Sir Francis Drake, by an unknown artist. Mr Haldane suspected it was Drake after noticing physical similarities to other portraits, including his facial warts.

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Rare chance to see Grayson Perry tapestry at Castle Drogo

A rare chance to see a vibrant tapestry by artist Grayson Perry, created for his popular Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman exhibition at The British Museum, is set to be displayed at the National Trust’s Castle Drogo from Saturday 5th March.

The 15ft wide Map of Truths and Beliefs, created by Perry in 2011, will be part of the new Truth and Triomphe exhibition at the castle. Perry’s tapestry will be hung alongside a French masterpiece, the 300 year old Char de Triomphe, made for King Louis XIV and believed to have hung in the Palace of Versailles during his reign. Continue reading…

Ghost boats to arrive in Bristol’s best loved woodland

Renowned artist Luke Jerram and the National Trust have announced details of the landmark art project, Withdrawn, which is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Bristol 2015 European Green Capital programme.

From April 2015 Luke Jerram invites visitors to Leigh Woods to experience an unexpected encounter with a flotilla of abandoned fishing boats installed in the depths of the woodland. Continue reading…