• Date and time: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6.30pm
  • Location: Bowland auditorium, Berrick Saul building
  • Admission: is free and open to all. No ticket required.

Event details

Yorkshire Country House Partnership lecture

Chatsworth has evolved for centuries, and the recent programme of restoration and representation makes Ebenezer Rhodes’ observations as relevant today as they were in the time of the 6th Duke of Devonshire in 1837. Set against a long tradition of innovation, and examining some of the research which has shaped and informed recent changes, Matthew Hirst will discuss the challenge of presenting Chatsworth to ever more diverse audiences. Chatsworth is not alone in having developed a temporary exhibition
programme; it was one of the first houses to present contemporary art in an historic context, something that has now become a basic expectation among visitors. The key to success is balancing this perspective with a no less prevalent appetite invigorated by television dramas such as Downton Abbey. 

At the same time Chatsworth has embarked on new partnerships with academic institutions, expanding its research programme, and enhancing the understanding of its great collections. These levels of activity will be examined within the wider context of the public appreciation of historic houses in the 21st century.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Download the lecture poster YCHP lecture poster 2014 (PDF , 1,817kb)

Matthew Hirst, Head of Arts and Historic Collections at Chatsworth