Funding Partners Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Council England Daventry District Council
Sylvia Waddilove Foundation
Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Council England Daventry District Council Volunt eers Foundation Sylvia Waddilove
The Kelmarsh Trust would like to thank all volunteers, past and present who have contributed to the continuing story of Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens.
Summer Lecture Series 2018
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Direct ions t o to Kelmarsh Hall Hall & Contacts Directions Kelmarsh Nearest Rail: Nearest Rail: Market Harborough Market Harborough Northampton Northampton
Bus: X7 from Bus:Harborough X7 from Market Market Harbrorough or or Northampton Northampton
Parking: On On sitesite Parking: The Kelmarsh Trust Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh Northampton, NN6 9LY For further information please call Tiffany Brownell, Learning & Activities Officer, 01604 686543 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our wesbite www.kelmarsh.com
Summer Lecture Series
Moat to Motorsport: A Potted History of the Country House
Dr. Conny Bailey
The Georgian Militia
Macdonald Gill at Kelmarsh
An extraordinary life: Zenon Vantini, country-house steward
Country House technologies
Prof. M. Palmer
We sincerely hope that you enjoy your experience of learning something new and will wish to return to Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens in the near future.
Pauper lunacy, charity and the Victorian asylum
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Nancy & Norah Garden Designers
24th July *
English Country House Style
Welcome to the 2018 Inaugural Lecture Series With the completion of our Heritage Lottery Funded project, “Tunneling through the Past” we are delighted to welcome you to enjoy this diverse and engaging program of lectures and discussions. Held in our new Coach House Learning & Activities Suite and followed by a short reception in our beautiful, heritage gardens, each event promises to enthuse and entertain audiences with topics that focus on Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens as well as other fascinating topics recently researched and presented by eminent experts from the Universities of Leicester and Northampton.
Prof.M.McCormack Caroline Walker
Dr. Cathy Smith
Michele Hickman Claire Crofts of Campbell Smith & Co.
Lectures commence at 6.30pm
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Followed by a short garden reception (weather permitting) which will provide time for informal discussion with our visiting lecturers
Cost: £6 per lecture or £40 to attend the series – please contact email@example.com or call 01604 686543
Lectures will take place in our newly refurbished Coachhouse Learning & Activity Centre
Tickets may be purchased on the day in our visitor centre.
Lectures denoted with * will take place in the Great Hall/Saloon
5th June 2018
5th June 2018 With Dr. Conny Bailey we will explore Moat to Motorsport: A Potted History of the Country House in England. From its earliest beginnings as a moated medieval manor house, via the prodigy houses of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, the stately homes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the country house has stood at the centre of national taste and politics. This lecture considers how the country house has adapted to the changing demands placed upon it by owners and audience over time, and examines the reasons for its rapid and destructive decline during the first half of the twentieth century. The final part will consider the fate of the country house in modern times through a selection of short case studies.
12th June 2018
12th June 2018
19th June 2018
With Prof. Matthew McCormack we will discover The Georgian Militia. The militia was a key institution in Georgian England. As an island, Britain has historically relied upon the navy and civilian soldiers for defense, but threats of a French invasion during the Seven Years War highlighted that the militia had fallen into disrepair and prompted calls for its revival.This talk explores the debates around the formation of the 1757 New Militia, which highlight many social and political concerns of the day as well as military ones. It also explores the realities of militia service, including its embodiments during the American and Napoleonic Wars.
19th June 2018
26th June 2018
With Caroline Walker we will discover the story of ‘Max’ MacDonald Gill. MacDonald Gill. brother of the sculptor Eric Gill, was the most celebrated pictorial mapmaker of his age. His output included comic posters for the London Underground, a magnificent mural for the Cunard liner Queen Mary and the painted Map of the Pytchley Hunt for Kelmarsh Hall. His most enduring legacy is the alphabet and regimental badges he designed for the military headstone.This illustrated talk by the artist’s great-niece shines a light on the work and world of this master of the decorative map.
26th June 2018 With Dr Pamela Sambrook, we follow the trail of an unusual country-house servant, Zenon Vantini. We first encounter him as the house steward of some of the most glamorous countryhouses in Britain belonging to the Duke of Sutherland, from 1833-1841. We follow him in his career change into the proprietorship of the first railway hotels and refreshment rooms in the world, from 1839 onwards, then backtrack to his childhood as a page in Tuscany, culminating in his extraordinary teenage years on the isle of Elba and into France, in the critical years of 1814 and 1815. No, he didn’t go to St Helena!
3rd July 2018
10th July 2018
3rd July 2018 Marilyn Palmer MBE, MA, PhD, FSA is a retired Professor of Archaeology and an advisor to the National Trust, English Heritage and the Council for British Archaeology, and Subject Advisor in Archaeology for the Third Age Trust. A Leverhulme Fellowship has enabled her to study ways in which technological innovation enabled country house owners to make their homes more comfortable to live in during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. This talk will consider why some landowners were keen innovators and others not, as well as the effects that new methods of water supply, sanitation, communications, lighting and heating had on the way in which the families interacted with their servants, as has been seen, for example, in the popular TV series, Downton Abbey.The National Trust and English Heritage have been working hard to improve the interpretation of their houses below stairs and examples will be drawn from a wide range of houses which are accessible to the visiting public.You will not look at a country house in the same way again!
10th July 2018 With Dr. Cathy Smith Deputy Dean, Faculty of Education & Humanities at the University of Northampton, we will explore the history of pauper lunacy in nineteenth-century England. The areas she has most recently published on include the politics behind the development of nineteenth-century lunatic asylums, decision-making in asylum admissions, the violently insane and the impact of insanity on family and friends. Her current research centres on the medicalisation of poverty in nineteenth-century nosologies of madness; admissions and discharges from the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum; the role of asylums in the nineteenth century, and the impact and cost of insanity in the nineteenth century.
17th July 2018
17th July 2018 With Kelmarsh’s own Garden Consultant, Michele Hickman we will be exploring Kelmarsh Hall’s gardens: the only place where the public can see the work of two unsung heroines of the Garden Design world. Nancy Lancaster was the American-born taste-maker who influenced the interior decoration of English Country Houses. She employed the remarkable Norah Lindsay to help establish the gardens at Kelmarsh in the late 1920’s. Together, their style brought a fresh approach to the planting of borders; within formal outlines, they aimed to achieve a look of naturalistic abundance using common flowers, while evoking the sense that the garden had been made in better times past. This talk will explain how we seek to capture this atmosphere today.
24th July 2018
24th July 2018 With Claire Crofts of Campbell Smith & Co. (cons. Gt.Hall and Laundry Projects) we will explore English Country House Style: Our American Inheritance and its Influence Today, through a revealing lecture on how the influx of American heiresses during the early 20th Century changed the interiors of our grand houses and in what way their influence on the English decorative style is still apparent today. From the perceived gloom of Victorian colour schemes through to sharp modernism, this lecture will take you on a journey through the last century of interior decoration in Britain.With particular reference to the influence Nancy Lancaster continues to have at Kelmarsh Hall, this is an opportunity to discover how she has shaped our decorative tastes whilst being entertained in one of her most beautiful homes.
Special Thanks Funding Partners Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Council England Daventry District Council Sylvia Waddilove Foundation
Volunteers The Kelmarsh Trust would like to thank all volunteers, past and present who have contributed to the continuing story of Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens. If you are interested to learn more about what volunteering can do for you, in return for your time, expertise and effort, please contact our Volunteer Officer: Eleanor Laverick Volunteer@kelmarsh.com 01604 686543
Directions to Kelmarsh Hall & Contacts Nearest Rail: Market Harborough Northampton Bus: X7 from Market Harborough or Northampton Parking: On site The Kelmarsh Trust Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh Northampton, NN6 9LY For further information please call Tiffany Brownell, Learning & Activities Officer, 01604 686543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our wesbite www.kelmarsh.com
Join us every Tuesday evening in June and July for a series of talks across a variety of history topics.