Introducing our Tapestry Project

Posted: September 06th 2019

by Sophie Coles, Marketing Administrator

Introducing the Tapestry Project at Holkham Hall. In partnership with the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio and the Arts Society King’s Lynn, we are undertaking some conservation work on our 18th Century English Soho tapestry, Fête Champêtres. Suzanne, our Head Housekeeper, said of the project: “our present conservation work is being added to the tapestry’s history… and ensuring that it will be around for longer”.

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Why we're quite fawned of deer

Posted: August 29th 2019

by Sophie Coles, Marketing Administrator

We’re really looking forward to having local wildlife photographer Andy Langley visit us soon for our Deer Photography Workshops on the 18th September and 2nd October. We thought we’d share with you a little Q&A with him so you can find out more about him, as well as some facts about deer that you may not know!

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History of the Walled Garden

Posted: August 14th 2019

by Sophie Coles, Marketing Administrator

What makes a Walled Garden different to any other garden? Why are they walled? What is grown in them? Why do they exist? Find all your questions answered here!

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Bringing Birds to the People

Posted: June 19th 2019

by Andy Bloomfield, NNR Warden

With the inspiring focal point for interpretation and refreshments that we now have in the Lookout, it is worth talking about some of the recent wildlife sightings that have been viewed from there. Nestled beside the old sea wall close to the beach entrance at Lady Anne’s Drive, the building allows a vista of the grazing marshes as well as sightings of birds on the reed fringed lagoon just outside the window.

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Why Holkham Library is Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci and the Codex Leicester

Posted: May 23rd 2019

by Mac Graham, Holkham Librarian

Holkham library is celebrating an old friend. It was so exciting to hear that leaves from Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester would be returning to these shores this summer. This small treasure, which once blessed the library shelves at Holkham Hall, would be available to see in England once again – the first time since 1981! The British Library will show 7 sheets (containing 28 ‘pages’) from Leonardo’s notes, along with other treasures. Find out how we are celebrating at Holkham this year.

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The Big Farmland Bird Count

Posted: April 21st 2019

by Andrew Bloomfield

This February the estate became involved with the National Farmer’s Union’s Big Farmland Bird Count, a nationwide initiative (open to all farmers and landowners) to assess the number of farmland birds using given areas in any one week during the month. The bird count proved not only fun for those undertaking the counts but also helped us to work out how good some areas were for attracting large numbers of birds and how other areas were very impoverished.

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Cries of the Laughing Goose

Posted: January 27th 2019

by Andrew Bloomfield

Of all our winter wildfowl that descend here every year it is the White-fronted Goose that traditionally attracts most attention from visiting birdwatchers. This smaller relative of the common feral Greylag Goose appears annually in Norfolk at only a handful of regular sites and the marshes of Holkham have long been famed for attracting a flock.

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Travellers from the North

Posted: January 11th 2019

by Andrew Bloomfield

The late autumn and early part of the winter has been mild and dry at Holkham which has consequently meant that numbers of wintering ducks on the marshes have been quite low. There has however been much interest from visiting birdwatchers due to three special species of songbird which have arrived on the reserve in recent weeks. They all have one thing very much in common; they all come from extremely cold breeding grounds in the northern extremities of the World. The most popular attraction for visitors and locals alike has been the appearance of a group of Shore Larks on the beach and developing saltmarsh between Holkham and Wells.

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