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1st Jul / 2020
VISIT TO WREST PARK & STORES

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 11.00am - 3.00pm Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR

For over 600 years the Wrest estate was home to one of the leading aristocratic families in the country, the de Greys, with each generation leaving its mark on the estate. Thomas, 2nd Earl de Grey (1781–1859) designed the current house at Wrest Park in the 1830s, set in an outstanding restored garden landscape originating in the seventeenth century. The house itself is a near unique example of nineteenth-century English architecture following the style of an eighteenth-century French chateau. The Earl carefully furnished its interiors scouring auction houses and dealers to find the perfect pieces to complement the eighteenth-century French style of the house.

 

The Archaeological Collections Store at Wrest Park houses over 153,000 historical artefacts spanning over 2,000 years of England’s history and adds up to a third of English Heritage’s total stored collection. Our visit will also include a tour to the store in order to examine a selection of furniture.

 

COST: £50 (includes Lunch and tea/coffee)

 

LIMIT: 20

 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, 24 April 2020

 

 

Detail from Stores, Wrest Park, English Heritage

 

 

Contact events@furniturehistorysociety.org to register interest.

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