New Renishaw exhibition celebrates Osbert

A new exhibition which focuses on the life, literature and legacy of one of Renishaw Hall’s family members; Sir Osbert Sitwell will be part of the 2019 season at the home and gardens.

The new displays in the Sitwell Museum will be open to visitors from mid-April, and have been developed by Christine Beevers, archivist at Renishaw Hall and expert on the lives and works of the Sitwell family – in particular the Sitwell ‘Trio’ of which Osbert was middle sibling.

“Osbert is perhaps less well known than his older sister, Dame Edith Sitwell, and yet produced many acclaimed poems, books and writings during the 20th century, as well as being a patron of many rising stars of the artistic world,” said Christine.

“Amongst these artists was John Piper, the now world-famous painter whose work features extensively throughout the interiors of Renishaw Hall and for whom Renishaw and north Derbyshire was a great source of inspiration,” she explained.

This year, marking 50 years since Osbert’s death in Italy in 1969, visitors to Renishaw Hall and Gardens can learn more about this important member of the Sitwell family. The museum turns the spotlight on his achievements and impact throughout the 20th century as well as at Renishaw, using material from the Sitwell’s family archive and library, along with published biographical information.

Great-niece of Osbert and current owner of Renishaw Hall and Gardens, Alexandra Sitwell, says: “This new exhibition is a fitting tribute to the passion my great uncle had for the Arts and also celebrates his own work and its influence on 20th century culture. I am delighted visitors will be able to come along and learn more about the achievements of this remarkable man.”

With materials spanning from childhood letters, war poetry, family photographs, personal memorabilia, through to final writings, the exhibition on Osbert Sitwell will be a fascinating addition for visitors to Renishaw Hall & Gardens this year.

Renishaw Hall and Gardens is now open for the 2019 season, and will host its usual events throughout the year including specialist plant fairs, food and craft fairs, vineyard tours as well as regular Hall tours on Fridays throughout the season.

The new exhibition will be open to visitors from mid-April, during the same opening as the gardens: Wednesday to Sunday and on Bank Holiday Mondays until the end of September.

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