Events Held in 2012

ConferenceAttingham Trust, London  (Fri-Sat 12-13 Oct)
The Attingham Trust 60th Anniversary Conference, in London at the Royal Geographic Society , on 12 & 13 October, entitled “Looking Ahead: The Future of the Country House”, £110. The Trust is named after Attingham Park in Shropshire, England.

Open to the Public – London Open House (Sat-Sun 22-23 Sep)
Free entry and tours of all types of buildings in London (e.g. Marlborough House), held in conjunction with Heritage Open Days (6-9 Sep) and Open House Worldwide.

Open to the Public – Hawkstone Hall  (daily until Mon 27 Aug)
Hawkstone Hall in Shropshire, England, is open daily from 1-5pm until 27 August (not Fri 31 Aug as mentioned on their website). The adjacent Hawkstone Park Follies are open Aug daily 10-5pm.

With the London Olympic Games closed, here’re 2 open houses with Olympic connections –

Burghley House, Lincolnshire, England  (closed Fridays)
Home of 6th Marquess of Exeter, Olympic Gold/Silver medalist, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the last London Games in 1948, and on whom the character of Lord Andrew Lindsay was based in 1981 movie Chariots of Fire (see Treasury exhibition).

Taplow Court, Buckinghamshire, England  (open Sun 19 Aug)
Home of 1st Baron Desborough, President of the London Olympics in 1908, and known as ‘the best all-round sportsman’ of his time (exhibition on Lord Desborough open on 19 Aug, 2, 9 & 16 Sep).

Open to the Public – William Morris Gallery  (from 2 Aug)
The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London, opens for the first time in 15 months on Thursday 2 August after a £5m renovation, including a new tea room on the site of the east wing. Lloyd Park also opens on 27 July after its own £5m restoration.

Open to the Public – Chapel Cleeve Manor  (from Wed 1 Aug)
House tours of Chapel Cleeve Manor in Somerset, England, as seen on Country House Rescue in June, called the Chapel Cleeve Ghost Express, including a steam train ride on West Somerset Railway, will be held on 1-5 & 8-12 August. There will be 5o tours
                                           held during the 10 days, compared to the trial 2 tours on 12 April).

TV public filming day – Wightwick Manor  (Thur 26 July)
Antiques Roadshow, Series 34, presented by Fiona Bruce, holds a valuation day at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands, England, on Thursday 26 July, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Antiques and fine arts specialists will offer free advice & valuations, filming some items.

TV public filming day – Stowe House  (Thur 19 July)
Antiques Roadshow, Series 34, presented by Fiona Bruce, holds a valuation day at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, England, on Thursday 19 July, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Antiques and fine arts specialists will offer free advice & valuations, filming some items.

TV public filming day – Fountains Abbey  (Thur 12 July)
Antiques Roadshow, Series 34, presented by Fiona Bruce, holds a valuation day at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, England, on Thursday 12 July, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Antiques and fine arts specialists will offer free advice & valuations, filming some items.

Open to the Public – Forty Hall, London  (from Sat 30 June)
Forty Hall in North London, England, opens on 30 June for the first time since closing in Dec 2010 for a £6m restoration funded by Enfield Council (£4.3m) and HLF (£1.8m). The gardens are currently undergoing a £1.8m HLF funded makeover.

Open to the Public – Broadlands House  (from Mon 25 June)
Broadlands House in Hampshire opens for the first time since 2010, being closed during 2011 for major refurbishment, the ancestral home of Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

TV public filming day – Cawdor Castle  (Thur 21 June)
Antiques Roadshow, Series 34, presented by Fiona Bruce, holds a valuation day at Cawdor Castle, Highlands, Scotland, on Thursday 21 June, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Antiques and fine arts specialists will offer free advice & valuations, filming some items.

TV public filming day – Newstead Abbey  (Thur 14 June)
Antiques Roadshow, Series 34, presented by Fiona Bruce, holds a valuation day at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, England, on Thursday 14 June, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Antiques and fine arts specialists will offer free advice & valuations, filming some items.

Open to public – Ammerdown House  (Tues 12 June – 1 July)
First public opening of Ammerdown House, Somerset, England, Grade I, gardens Grade II*, built 1788 for T. S. Jolliffe by James Wyatt, home of Baron Hylton, stables The Ammerdown Centre
since 1973. Lecture lunch 12-15 June, exhibition 23 June – 1 July.

Open to public – Apethorpe Hall, Northants  (1 Jun to 29 Sep)
£2.5m, 45 acres, rebuilt 1623 for Earl of Westmorland, Grade I, gardens Grade II, Savills, brochure, satellite, website, At Risk, last sold 2004 (compulsorily purchased by the Government & passed to English Heritage), launched Jun 2008 £4.5-5m Smiths Gore
                                           (£2.5m 15 May 2012), Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.

And James Hall of The Telegraph needs to check his maths: £3m + £4m = £7m, not £10m!

Fundraising event:

Apethorpe Hall Westmorland Archive Appeal  (Sat 12 May)
An exhibition 3-5pm to help raise the £760,000 to purchase the Mildmay and Fane families archives, owned by a private trust and held by Northamptonshire Record Office.

Newspaper supplement:

The Sunday Times Rich List 2012  (Sun 29 Apr)
The 24th annual survey, being a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people or families in the United Kingdom, some owning stately homes. For example, Gerald Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster, who owns Eaton Hall in Cheshire (gardens open).

TV Country House Rescue public filming days for Series 4, to be broadcast later in 2012:

Meldon Park, Northumberland, England  (21 Apr, gardens)
The Victorian kitchen garden and cafe reopens on Saturday
21 April after its Country House Rescue make-over. Sculptor David Edwick unveils his limestone Easter Lily in bud carving.

Chapel Cleeve Manor, Somerset, England  (12 Apr, tour/train)
The Chapel Cleeve Manor Ghost Express will operate two house tours including a steam train ride on West Somerset Railway in association with the heritage entertainment consultancy PEEL Heritage on Thur 12th April (£24 adults, £16 children/conces).

Bantry House, County Cork, Ireland  (3 Apr, tour/dinner)
The Bantry House Pop-up Restaurant with chef Richard Corrigan will host a West Cork inspired 3-course dinner themed The Age of Elegance in the Bantry House East Stables from 6.30pm on Tuesday 3rd April (for €100 per person).

New roof top access to folly:

Earl of Durham’s Monument, Tyne & Wear, England  (7 Apr)
aka Penshaw Monument, National Trust tours to the top, Sat-Sun 7 Apr to 30 Sep, 1st time in 86 years (excl 29 Aug 2011, etc). Built 1844 on Penshaw Hill, half-scale replica of Temple of Hephaestus, 2 miles from the Earl‘s Lambton Castle (part dem) & Biddick Hall.

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