Spectacular Stately Homes of England with Vivienne Haxby

Spectacular Stately Homes of England with Vivienne Haxby


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Join Viv as she heads (virtually) out of London to visit some of her favorite stately homes. She will not focus on the houses that she has talked about in some depth in previous seminars, but instead, she will introduce participants to some new gems. This is a fitting seminar for anyone with a keen interest in architecture, British traditions, and snooping inside impressive family collections.

Evelyn Waugh, author of ‘Brideshead Revisited’, described the Stately Homes of England as its ‘chief national artistic achievement’. This conversation will put this quote to the test as we travel with Viv from Wilton House in the south of the country, to Castle Howard in the north. Along the route, we’ll discuss the rich variety of architectural styles from the Tudor to the Baroque to the Palladian, and the Neo-Classical.

Almost without exception, these stately houses are in gorgeous settings. We will hear about the builders of the houses, and the collections they hold. Beneficiaries of the tradition of the Grand Tour, the likes of Woburn and Hatfield and Burghley are resplendent with extraordinary collections of art. In each house, Viv will tell us what she would take if she ‘could just have one thing’ - it might be a piece of porcelain, an element of the architecture, or the view from an upstairs window.

In many cases the homes are still lived in by the families that built them. Viv will introduce participants to an array of Dukes, Marquises and Earls that call these architectural gems home, and tell us about the source of the wealth that built them.

Led by an expert on the stately homes of England, Viv Haxby, this interactive seminar will give you an insight into this unique aspect of England’s heritage. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness our England’s grand houses and the families that built them.

Viv has a degree in English Language and Medieval Literature from Durham University. She spends part of each year in France, but for the past 25 years London has been home. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for London's C18 and C19 history and her detailed knowledge of the city's royal connections. She has a particular interest in the great aristocratic landholdings of London, and has created walks around the 'villages' of London such as Chelsea, Bloomsbury and Spitalfields. Viv also works as a volunteer marshal, or 'Green Gown' at Westminster Abbey.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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