Copying the Masters

Posted: September 29th 2020

by Katherine Hardwick

Recently, I ventured out of Norfolk in order to pay a visit to the National Gallery in London. The impetus of this trip was to see their current exhibition Titian: Love, Death, Desire, but after completing the exhibition, I spent some time in their other galleries taking advantage of the social distancing guidelines to spend some quality time with old favourites, and to discover new pieces.

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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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Mac's Five Favourite Holkham Treasures

Posted: July 24th 2020

by Dr Mac Graham, Librarian and Historian

Our wonderful Hall team has been putting their 5 favourite treasures in the spotlight for everyone to enjoy whilst the Hall is closed. Next up, is Dr Mac Graham, librarian and historian, who says “limiting myself to just five of Holkham’s treasures was a tough task. The hall houses so many stunningly artistic and academically important pieces. So, in choosing these five items, I have been driven by the stories they tell and the passions they stir for me. I hope I can do them justice.” Read on to see what made Mac’s top five.

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Holkham Dinner Party - The Holkham Silver

Posted: June 23rd 2020

by Katherine Hardwick

In part three of our series on dining at Holkham, we explore the importance and significance of silver at Holkham through the ages.

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Holkham Dinner Party - The Theatre of Dining

Posted: June 16th 2020

by Katherine Hardwick

In part two of our series on dining at Holkham, we will look at the show itself, as dining was a very ritualistic affair, often as much about the performance as the taste of the food itself.

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Family Fortunes - Portraits by Andrea Casali

Posted: June 15th 2020

by Katherine Hardwick

In 1758, Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1697-1759) invited the Italian artist, Andrea Casali (1705-1784) to come to Holkham in order to execute a commission for a series of paintings depicting the Coke Family. What was interesting about this commission, however, was that for only two of the portraits were the sitters still living…

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Treasure Tales - Drink Up!

Posted: June 12th 2020

by Lucy Purvis

Discover the curious history of these three leather jugs in the Old Kitchen with Holkham’s brewing heritage.

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