Bess of Hardwick and her houses

Saturday 22 September | 2.30pm–3.30pm

Author Kate Hubbard and artist Ed Kluz discuss Bess of Hardwick's (1527-1608) passion for building.

The first of the four houses Bess built in Derbyshire was Elizabethan Chatsworth, which took over thirty years to complete. Hardwick Old and New Halls and Owlcotes followed, but only Hardwick New Hall, on which Bess embarked as a seventy-year-old widow in 1590, survives. What part Bess played in the building process, the importance of her craftsmen, the contribution of Robert Smythson, who designed Hardwick New Hall and Owlcotes, and the legacy of her houses, will all be discussed.


More about Kate Hubbard and Ed Kluz

Kate Hubbard

Kate Hubbard’s first historical biography for adults, Serving Victoria, about the lives of six members of Queen Victoria’s household, was published in 2013.  Her latest book, to be published in 2018 by Chatto & Windus, is Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England, which examines Bess’s life within the context of the Tudor building world, with particular reference to the building of Hardwick Hall, Bess’s last and greatest house.

Ed Kluz

The work of artist, illustrator and printmaker Ed Klutz explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the reimagining of historic landscapes, buildings and objects. In 2017 he held his largest solo exhibition to date, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain and published The Lost House Revisited, with an introduction by fellow Art Out Loud speaker, Tim Knox.

Banner image: Kate Hubbard credit Jaqui Lethaby and Ed Kluz credit Alun Callender