Behind the seams

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Enjoy fascinating insight into the textiles department at Chatsworth today; discover years of historic fabric and the work that goes into conservation. All tours include house and garden entry on the day.

The clothing collection, research and conservation

22 March and 6 September

10am - 12pm

£35

Until relatively recently it was thought that Chatsworth did not have a clothing collection. However, over the last few years the textile department have been working through all the stores and currently the clothing collection stands at over 1000 pieces. Join this engaging tour and hear about our discoveries, the ongoing research and conservation of the collection and see some of the ducal clothing dating to the mid 1800’s.

Conservation of the Mortlake Tapestries

6 April

10am - 12pm

£35

Two of our Mortlake tapestries return this season following two years of conservation. The two tapestries from the set ‘Acts of the Apostles’ designed by Raphael in 1516 and woven around 1630 hadn’t been touched since the Sixth Duke positioned them in the State Drawing Room in the 1830’s. Learn about the role and methods of textiles conservation and how we protect these important English pieces for future generations.

Historic textiles tour

7 June and 19 July

9.30am - 12pm

£35

On this half day experience, enjoy a guided tour of the most special textiles on display in the House with a visits behind the scenes to our textiles archives and conservation room. This is a real must for anybody who is interested in how we care for historic cloth and is keen to see our vast archive not on public display.

Preparing for Christmas textile tour

3 November

10am - 12pm

£35

A fascinating insight into the behind the scenes work that goes into preparing for the Christmas season including making the costumes, display installations and creating decorations. You'll even see the mood boards and the development process that textiles go through prior to production.