2020-2021 programme

Uncovering Chatsworth

6pm | 23 September 2020

Join our PhD students for a video presentation on their latest findings from the archives including new research on the Chatsworth Theatre and its use during World War II.

The talk will also include an in depth look at the women who have curated and cared for the Devonshire Collections, including Lady Louisa Egerton, daughter of the 7th Duke, and Duchess Evelyn, wife of the 9th Duke. 

Planting in Arcadia

11am | 15 October 2020

Join Head of Gardens and Landscape, Steve Porter and landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith for a day of planting in Arcadia. Patrons have the chance to work alongside the garden team to help develop the redesigned 15-acre area, adding another layer of history to the garden.

Learn more about the planning, ethos and aims of the project, and discuss the details of the planting and how Tom approaches such a commission, before getting your hands dirty helping to plant another 40,000 plants!

This event has limited numbers, allocations will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

Textiles tour

6pm | 12 March 2021

Susie Stokoe, Textiles Supervisor, will take you behind the scenes at Chatsworth to view where the textile magic happens.

The tour will explore the process of conservation and include a look through the textile archives. Patrons will also have the opportunity to be the first to view a textile loan of national significance (details to be announced publicly later in the year).

VIP Exhibition Launch Party

March 2021 (date TBC)

Hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Patrons are invited to join us for the launch of 'Life Stories' which will be on display in the house from mid March until early October 2021.

Treasures from the collections

6pm | 25 May 2021

An exclusive opportunity to join one of the Chatsworth curators for a private viewing of some key items from one of the most important private collections in Europe. Hosted in the Library, Patrons will be given a rare insight into items not seen on public display.

Touring the estate

6pm | 7 July 2021

Join our guide on a tour of the wider estate and learn the history of the medieval woods and how they have changed through the centuries, including how Paxton ornamented them during his time at Chatsworth.

The tour will begin with a tractor ride through Stand Wood and up to the four reservoirs that feed into the garden water features below. Patrons will then take a walk down through the woods of the private 200-acre Old Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Patrons of Chatsworth

As a Patron you will have exclusive access to Chatsworth, the collections and the curatorial and management team via the events programme. These give an insight into how Chatsworth is looked after and an opportunity to delve into the depths of the Devonshire Collections which are brought to life by the knowledge and passion of the Chatsworth staff. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Patron, please contact Sarah Owen at sarah.owen@chatsworth.org.

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