HRH Princess Anne will officially open Chatsworth’s new learning centre on Friday 5 October, which has been created by converting a potting shed in the heart of the historic garden.

The Old Potting Shed is now a fully accessible bespoke indoor learning space capable of hosting up to 70 students at a time. Run by the Devonshire Educational Trust (DET), the new facility has been in use since May this year and has hosted a range of learning activities for primary, secondary, higher education and community groups.

The creation of the learning centre has been made possible by funding from the Derbyshire Charity Clay Shoot, the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation. It will open up Chatsworth to a wider range of students and more diverse groups of people. As well as 20,000 formal educational visitors a year, Chatsworth’s education team works with a range of disadvantaged groups including children in care, young carers, refugees and local BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) community groups. The new centre will allow them to develop and improve their educational programme and increase the numbers of people taking part.

Lord Burlington, chair of DET, said: “The growing range of projects made possible by the new Learning Centre will help us reach a more diverse range of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, enabling the Devonshire Education Trust to ensure Chatsworth is a more accessible, relevant and inspiring educational resource for a broader audience.

“As well as expanding what we offer, the new Learning Centre will help us to provide an even deeper level of connection with the vast array of resources available at Chatsworth, not only for children, but for people of all ages, by offering them learning opportunities of the highest quality.”

Having an indoor space in the 105 acre garden has allowed DET to develop a tailored programme for GCSE, A-Level and undergraduates; host bespoke talks and deliver practical sessions working with artists.

For more information on Chatsworth’s education offer, visit or email 


 Notes to editors:

Photo Call

The Princess Royal will open Chatsworth Educational Trust's New Learning Centre (The Old Potting Shed), Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire on Friday 5 October 2018. Press interested in attending need to report to the Lodge no later than 10.30am. Unfortunately latecomers will not be admitted. There will be a single photo opportunity at the top of lodge hill, where HRH will meet members of the Chatsworth team.

Please email Liz Bee at Redbrick Communications by Wed 3 October to indicate if you plan to attend.


Will Gompertz has chosen Chatsworth as one of the ten places that tell the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture for the Historic England campaign Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places. The campaign aims to find the 100 places that bring to life England’s rich and extraordinary history.

He said: “Chatsworth is perhaps the finest example of the English stately home. There is a lot of history in its beautiful stone walls, some of which have been standing for nearly five hundred years. But it is still a living home with an energetic owner who makes sure that this historic building is still very much alive in the 21st century, sitting wonderfully – as it does – in the rolling hills of Derbyshire.”

The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public.

The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation.

Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the M1, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

Devonshire Educational Trust

The Devonshire Educational Trust (DET) is an independent charity that works in partnership with the Chatsworth House Trust to provide educational opportunities across the Devonshire Group.

The charity was established in 2004 to enhance the educational experiences of children and young people visiting the Chatsworth Estate. We offer diverse and accessible options; from learning about matters of historical, artistic and architectural interest, to learning about the countryside and rural landscape.

Through guided, self-guided and specialist education packages, the Devonshire Educational Trust provides quality education that reaches and inspires all backgrounds and abilities.

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For Chatsworth press enquiries, please contact:

Liz Bee or Steve Houghton

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0115 910 1500



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