News release - Issued by Beningbrough Hall
Through photography, maps and local memories, visitors can enjoy an insight into the changing fortunes, previous owners and uses of the land in this brand new and temporary display as part of Beningbrough Hall’s 300th anniversary.
A selection of images from the National Trust’s archives and stories shared by local residents and others who have a connection to Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Garden form part of the display. This gives a remarkable insight into the Hall’s bygone days; a social and historical snapshot in time of the Hall, its working past and its people.
There’s also the rare opportunity to examine reproductions of the estate sale catalogues from 1916 & 1958. The catalogues include photographs of local buildings along with detailed descriptions of the estate and its surrounding land. Alongside these is a selection of photographs captured during the Hall’s refurbishment over different periods of time including development made by the National Trust.
The insight into estate life continues with an equally fascinating collection of maps. Featuring beautiful reproductions of old estate maps and the surrounding villages, visitors can see how the hall and its land have evolved over the years. From great change to sometimes no change at all…..as if time has apparently stood still.
Caroline Hill, house and collections manager at Beningbrough Hall said “It’s a very special time to be at Beningbrough, as well as the 300th anniversary of the completion of the house, it is also 100 years since the major break up of the estate in 1916. Although we have a limited archive at Beningbrough, these anniversaries have provided a wonderful opportunity to revisit and celebrate some of Beningbrough’s stories and marvel at how Beningbrough has survived such changing fortunes. In Maps and Memories in particular, we have been able to showcases some previously unseen material, which I’m excited to share.”
She went on to say “We have beautifully reproduced auction catalogues for people to browse and large scale facsimiles of some 19th century estate maps. We also have an original 19th century sketch of a proposed scheme for the grounds by the landscape designer W.S Gilpin, which has never been exhibited before. Alongside this is a chance to hear some reminiscences through the ages of those who have lived and worked on the estate and see some archive photographs which give a glimpse into a vanished world. I really hope that this display will also prompt those with a connection to come forward and share their stories to help build our archive for future generations to enjoy.”
Maps and Memories will be showing at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens until October 23rd 2016, Tuesdays – Sundays. Normal admission charges apply or free entry to National Trust members. Please note - the room hosting the exhibition is accessed by stairs only. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough, Twitter or Facebook or tel: 01904 472027.
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For more information on Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
Built in 1716, Beningbrough Hall is a grand red brick mansion just north of York. Today, the hall is home to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of 18th century portraits, whilst the garden boasts labyrinth paths, grand borders, hidden woods and a working walled kitchen garden.
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