For the past four days, each time I have driven through the estate I have marvelled at the incredible view of the house and its lavish surroundings, which greet me in a proud and regal manner as I turn the bend. I don’t understand how anybody could tire of this. To work here and see this sight daily is something of a privilege. That is exactly what I was given when I was offered the chance to do some work experience at Chatsworth this month.

I spent my time in the office that deals with the PR, Marketing and Education side of the estate. The week itself went incredibly quickly (whilst I felt myself to be completing tasks incredibly slowly). Everything is constantly moving behind the scenes at Chatsworth and as I learnt in my time here, all of that movement is working towards the same goal; preserving and improving the estate for the benefit of the visiting public. Now that I’ve been involved in this, I can only say that the estate will continue to flourish. Whilst everyone I worked with was different, they are unified as a team by their commitment, passion and care towards the estate. As a visitor to Chatsworth, you don’t always realise how importantly you are valued by the people who work here. However, the fact I have never had a negative experience in any of my previous visits would suggest that this is something they have been doing extremely well for many, many years. The only difference now is that I am able to understand why!

It was great to see the house and gardens again (the last time I came here was when I was quite a bit younger) but being actively involved in the work that goes on here was an added bonus. Everybody I met was friendly, willing to help, and also just incredibly warm. It’s a beautiful place to visit but as my experience here has shown me, it’s a fantastic place to work too.

Thank you to everyone who helped me here and took me under their wing. It’s been invaluable and has given me a really useful insight into the world of PR.

Charlotte Cowling

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