2017 at the Treasure Houses of England
With lots of new exhibtions, talks and events we are very excited for 2017 at The Treasure Houses of England.
The Treasure Houses of England, a series of fine stately homes, castles and palaces have a wealth of activities, exhibitions and days out for all the family to enjoy. Discover living history and exciting cultural heritage
Be inspired to visit the stunning Treasure Houses of England and discover what’s new for 2017. From new historical exhibitions to family fun events, there’s something for everyone.
Explore an exciting restoration project taking place at Beaulieu. The team of conservators and historians are restoring the Victorian Kitchen and posting fascinating updates on their blog. The finished project is planned to open to visitors later from Easter. Part of the late Lord Montagu’s private apartment in Palace House has also been opened for the first time, featuring two new exhibitions: The Lady and the Rebel, which pays tribute to two remarkable women in the Montagu family, and the first dedicated Soviet Russian art gallery in the UK, with the Art Russe Foundation as well as the chance to see Edward, Lord Montagu’s library.
Experience Burghley House in a different light this 2017. See a floodlit Burghley by twilight for a special event in October. This is the first time that the House will open at night, offering a magically new perspective on the Tudor building.
Visit Blenheim Palace for their new exhibition, A Passion for Fashion: 300 Years of Style at Blenheim Palace. This temporary new display runs from the 11th February- 23 April and will include unique and historic items from the Palace’s own priceless collection as well as items from Dior, Royal wedding dress designer, Elizabeth Emanuel and milliner Stephen Jones.
New for 2017 Chatsworth will present its most ambitious exhibition to date, exploring the history of fashion and adornment: House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth. House Style will showcase never-before-seen items from the Devonshire Collection to tell the stories of some of the fascinating individuals to have walked the Chatsworth floors.
Following its starring role as Kensington Palace in ITVs Victoria, visitors will be able to explore Castle Howard’s locations and spaces used on screen in a range of television and film productions in a new ‘Seen on Screen’ trail leaflet. The gardens are open daily and the house will open in April 2017.
Celebrating its 59th year, The Game Fair comes to Hatfield House, Hertfordshire for the 1st time in history, 28-30 July 2017. With something for everyone, this event is the festival of the countryside that celebrates everything from clay shooting to archery, gundog scurries and international championships to fishing, falconry, ferreting and equestrian. Artisan food and drink, shopping galore and hands-on outdoor activities guarantee that there is something for the whole family. Immerse yourself in the experience with camping and glamping facilities over the weekend.
From 24th March – 29th October 2017 visitors can enjoy Victorian Harewood. To celebrate the success of the ITV series ‘Victoria’, the opulent rooms on Harewood’s State Floor will come to life with costumes from the programme. Outfits worn by Jenna Coleman who plays Queen Victoria will be displayed throughout the 2017 season.
Go behind the scenes at Holkham Hall with their new ‘What the Butler Saw’ exhibition. Discover the lives of the staff who have lived and worked at Holkham. Using unseen photographs and original uniforms, alongside historic documents, hear the personal experiences and colourful stories of the people who have helped to keep this great house running over the last 200 years to the present day.
This summer Leeds Castle presents special activities to mark events that took place during WW2. Visitors will be immersed in a dramatic surround-sound display of the Battle of Britain over Kent in 1940. Inside the Castle visitors will uncover ‘top secret’ plans that were hatched between Geoffrey Lloyd, the Minister for Petroleum and Prime Minister Winston Churchill and hear stories of how the Castle was transformed into a field hospital.
Visit Woburn Abbey to enjoy two new exhibitions; Design of the Times: 400 years of interior decoration at Woburn Abbey and Queen Victoria: A Royal Visit. Explore the history of Woburn Abbey’s grandest interiors through this new exhibition. See how different Dukes and Duchesses decorated the Abbey in some of the most luxurious wallpapers, textiles and trimmings as fashions changed over the centuries. Then follow in the footsteps of the Queen and her 1841 visit and discover the family’s connections and the intimate role they played in Victoria’s circle. Rarely seen treasures and archive accounts shed new light on the life of a great house as it played host to the monarch.