Art & Architecture Week: 12th - 18th May 2019

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Sunday, May 12, 2019


Dates: Sunday May 12th to Saturday May 18th  2019

Price: £85.00 per person to include a talk, a guided tour of the Castle State Rooms and Galleried Bedrooms, refreshments and weather permitting our guides with knowledge of the gardens will also be available to lead you through the Monk’s Garden, Secret Garden and into the Wood of Goodwill.

“Each year I consider a different theme around Highclere, its landscape, the stories and works of art. In May 2019, I have decided to explore the themes of Art and Architecture and thus ask experts from those worlds to give short talks or to be in conversation around this theme. 

The talks are not wholly about Highclere – they may consider Anthony Van Dyck,  given the magnificent painting in the Dining Room and use that as starting point, or Joshua Reynolds or the landscape of Highclere's Park. I hope to begin and end our May week by giving a talk myself on Sir Charles Barry, the pre-eminent Victorian architect who was building the Houses of Parliament at the same time as he was building Highclere Castle.

We are releasing the dates now in order to allow our guests to confirm dates and times which may suit their travel plans. Although all the speakers and times are not yet confirmed, I am sure that all and any of the talks will give different and fascinating insights”

Lady Carnarvon

Following each talk which will take place in the Saloon, the heart of the Castle, guests have the chance to enjoy a guided tour both to explore the works of art but also the rooms which are of course also the set in which “Downton Abbey” was filmed both for TV and film.

 The structure of the day allows you to enjoy the gardens either at your leisure or in the company of a guide as well as some refreshments in the tearoom marquee.

It is a special time of year to enjoy the famous azalea beds in Highclere's gardens which we hope will covered in colour and scent. They stretch across the Lawns in front of the folly, "Jackdaws Castle". Azaleas altaclarense (Highclere) are now to be found in many gardens on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  The gardens beyond will delight you with the cherry trees, tulips and early scented shrubs.  

We would suggest that you arrive 30 minutes before your entry time into the Castle to be seated in the Saloon. In the meantime the gift shop and tearooms will be open for a cappuccino, teas, croissants and of course some scones! The gardens and grounds will close at 5.30pm.

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Confirmed Speakers are as follows - more news will follow:

Sunday May 12th Lady Carnarvon followed by James Stourton (Past Chairman of Sothebys UK  and is now a highly regarded author and speaker)

Monday May13th Helen Valentine, Senior curator of the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Tuesday May 14th Sarah Morris (McWhirter Morris, London  Interior decorators) In conversation with Lady Carnarvon - decorating from the Castle to Cottages at Highclere adn Karen Hearn Honorary Professor of English Language and Literature (Van Dyck)

Wednesday May 15th and the first talk on Thursday:

Caroline Shenton Mr Barry's War, the day that Parliament burnt down

Friday May 17th Dr Laura Mayer - Architecture of the Park - the setting of Highclere

Saturday May 18th Jeremy Musson successful author, journalist & speaker, and finally Lady Carnarvon ending the week