Dyrham Park’s lost terraces brought back to life

 

Dyrham Park Hidden Terraces 2 By Steve Holbrow

Dyrham Park is much loved for its baroque mansion, gardens and deer park but this year work is being carried out to unearth one of its lost treasures. For the first time in many years its historic terraces are being rediscovered and cleared , opening up a glimpse of the splendid 17th century pleasure grounds that over time have been lost to nature. Continue reading…

Fundraising appeal to put a new roof on Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park roof

A £3.5 million project to repair the roof at Dyrham Park and safeguard the future of the historic house, has been announced by the National Trust.

With water leaking through the lead covered roof, the future of the house and its important collection, depends on vital repairs to replace the 22 tonnes of lead on the roof and 8000 Welsh slates. There will also be repairs to stonework and a new heating system replacing an obsolete and inefficient oil boiler.

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Meet four contemporary artists at Dyrham Park

Leo Fitzmaurice’s Holland, Credit Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Leo Fitzmaurice

Art lovers are being offered a unique opportunity to meet four contemporary artists in the beautiful setting of Dyrham Park, near Bath.

 The National Trust has organised a study day on Saturday September 29, linked to the contemporary arts exhibition ‘A World Away’. In this exhibition the global connections of William Blathwayt, who built Dyrham Park in the 17th century, are explored through the work of contemporary artists.

Four of the artists featured in the exhibition will take part in the study day: Helen Sear, Shirley Chubb, Steve Johnson and Leo Fitzmaurice.

 “This really is a fantastic opportunity to hear these artists talk about their own work in context, here in the beautiful setting of DyrhamP ark,” said Dr Rupert Goulding, the exhibition’s curator.

 “We’re very lucky to have been chosen as one of five National Trust properties to exhibit works on loan from the Arts Council Collection, as part of the Trust New Art programme for 2012.”

 Trust New Art is the National Trust’s 3-year programme in partnership with the Arts Council England to promote contemporary and modern art in its historic places. In total, 19 works have been loaned by the Arts Council Collection toDyrhamPark.

 The study day costs £30, including light lunch, but places are limited so anyone interested is encouraged to book their tickets by contacting 0117 9371330

 William Blathwayt, a politician and administrator who specialised in colonial affairs inAmericaand theCaribbean, was the Monarch’s link to a global economic network.

 He was also known for using his position of influence to purchase many items for his south Gloucestershire home, sometimes sent as gifts or favours to encourage his support.

 Dyrham is still filled with reminders of the global reach of his career such as the cedar wood fromVirginia used to create the magnificent staircase.

 He also collected Dutch Delftware extensively while on trips toThe Hague, with many magnificent pieces from the golden age of Delftware on display around the house.

 “Dyrham is a testament to the career of William Blathwayt and the opportunities he had to collect great art and exotic materials from across the world and bring them back to his ‘world away’ from government and politics,” said Dr Goulding.

 “In this exhibition we have used contemporary art to explore the themes of globalisation and Blathwayt’s long range networks. We would like the contemporary art to help our visitors look again at the historic collection and perhaps gain a deeper understanding of the house and its creator.”

 The exhibition will run at Dyrham Park until October 28, 2012.

 Trust New Art is the National Trust’s 3-year programme in partnership with the Arts Council England to promote contemporary and modern art in its historic places. In total, 19 works have been loaned by the Arts Council Collection, one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary British art in the world.