VISIT TO KNOLE HOUSE, KNOLE PARK, SEVENOAKS, KENT, TN15 0RP
Monday, 11 September 2017 10.30am - 3.30pm [approximately]
Knole in Kent has been the seat of the Sackville family for more than 600 years. The house contains the largest collection of royal furniture outside the Royal Collection, accumulated mainly by Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex (1575 - 1645) and Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset (1638 - 1706), through their appointments at the Stuart Court. The collection is particularly rich in historic textiles and upholstered furniture (including the famous Knole sofa), some being rare survivals from Hampton Court and the now destroyed Palace of Whitehall. This special visit will comprise a tour of the state rooms and its important furnishings, the new Hayloft Learning Centre and conservation studio as well as the newly re-opened Gatehouse Tower, former home of novelist and music critic Eddy Sackville-West (1901 - 1965).
The visit will be led by Emma Slocombe and Wolf Burchard.
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