Sixteen generations of the Cavendish family have built Chatsworth into the thriving, modern estate it is today and now, in a new series of winter talks, the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and others from the estate are set to reveal some of the secrets of its success.
Viewers of the Channel 4 programme Christmas at Chatsworth House will have seen some of the vital work done behind the scenes by the housekeeping, collections and garden teams who conserve the past and safeguard for the future.
All talks are taking place in the Hartington room.
The programme of talks includes:
A year in the life of a Chatsworth seamstress: January 21 and February 27
What does a seamstress at Chatsworth do all day? With miles of fabric to care for, Marie, an expert seamstress on the textiles team, will take you through a ‘typical’ year, highlighting some of the projects she has been involved with over the last five years, from conservation to Christmas, and much more.
Life Stories: An exhibition preview: February 7
This year’s main exhibition is Life Stories, which brings to life real people associated with Chatsworth through portraits and objects from the Devonshire Collections. Who they are and why these objects were important to them and to Chatsworth, is explained by the collections and the education teams.
Connecting with Nature: February 21
In this conversation, Lord Burlington, son of the Duke and Duchess, and Gill Hart will be joined by Professor Miles Richardson, who as well as being head of psychology and deputy head of life sciences at the University of Derby, also leads the Nature Connectedness Research Group, to explore the relationships between art and the natural world and why Chatsworth is the ideal setting to do so.
Joseph Paxton at Chatsworth: February 28
An illustrated talk by Steve Porter, Chatsworth’s head of gardens and landscape, will explore the fascinating history of Joseph Paxton at Chatsworth and the mark he made on the garden including the Great Conservatory.