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Monday, 19 September 2016

Beningbrough through 300 years

Visitors to Beningbrough Hall, which celebrates its 300th anniversary, can gain an insight into the changing fortunes, previous owners and uses of the land in a display of photography, maps and local memories.

National Trust archive material along with  and stories shared by local residents and others who have a connection to the historic hall, Gallery and Garden form part of the Maps and Memories display.

There’s also a rare opportunity to examine reproductions of the estate sale catalogues from 1916 and 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 display also features reproductions of old estate maps and the surrounding villages.

Caroline Hill, house and collections manager, 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.

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"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.”

Shea added: “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 until 23 October.

Further information regarding exhibition timings: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough

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