Holkham Blog

The Big Fountain Clean

Posted: September 29th 2020

by Ryan Mills, Houseman

Houseman Ryan talks us through the mammoth task of cleaning Holkham Hall’s iconic fountain. From algae removal with squeegees the size of brooms, to industrial pressure washing, and the mystery of the Dragon’s missing goatee…

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Exhibitions in Times of Covid

Posted: September 15th 2020

by Maria de Peverelli, Curator and Collections Manager

In the past few months, I have been asked many times which aspects of my work as curator, collection manager and art advisor, has been most impacted by COVID-19. The answer has always been the same: exhibitions. It has been nearly six months since the first museums in China started closing their doors due to COVID-19. Closures have spread worldwide since as the virus swept the globe. Curators, exhibition organisers and museum directors have had to remain flexible and be prepared to act, in particular when exhibition planning involved partner institutions and inter-museum lending. Find out how the closures have affected Holkham and what the future holds for exhibitions.

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Lockdown with Lauren - The Victoria's Helping Hands for Hungry Heroes

Posted: September 09th 2020

by Lauren Cottis, Housekeeping Supervisior at The Victoria Inn

During the UK’s lockdown, the staff at The Victoria Inn decided they would like to help the community in the best way they knew how; by feeding people. In her own words, Lauren tells us more, including her personal reasons for wanting to play her part during the pandemic.

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Holkham Stories Entry - 'An Early Start'

Posted: September 09th 2020

by Stuart Lynch

During the UK’s lockdown, we encouraged the public to enter our short story competition, sharing their tales of Holkham - real or fictional, hilarious, halcyon, or even horrendous, all genres were welcome. The judges were Lady Leicester and Lady Glenconner who chose Ian Gale as their winner. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing a number of the shortlisted entries with you. Next up, are Stuart Lynch’s two entries, ‘An early start’ and ‘A walk behind and through the pines…’

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Holkham Dinner Party - The Taste of Dining

Posted: September 01st 2020

by Katherine Hardwick

Holkham Hall has played host to many dinner parties over the centuries and everything had to be just perfect, from the setting and tableware, through to the actual food itself. In part three of the Holkham Dinner Party, Katherine gives us a taste of the food and drink which would have been served in the Hall.

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A Holkham Manuscript on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Posted: August 12th 2020

by Laura Nuvoloni - Curator of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books

​One of our treasured Holkham manuscripts is currently on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. It makes up part of the Feast and Fast. The Art of Food in Europe, 1500-1800 exhibition taking place this month. Our Curator of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, Laura, tells us more.

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