Treasures and Trophies - An Artist's View

Posted: August 03rd 2018

by David Allsop, Museum Illustrator and Field to Fork Supervisor

This year’s exhibition in Holkham Hall, Treasures & Trophies, follows the footsteps of Thomas Coke on his Grand Tour in the early 18th century. Last winter I was delighted to be asked to create some artistic interpretation for the exhibition and the curators and I came up with many weird and wonderful ideas, some of which came to fruition!

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An Emergence of Dragons

Posted: July 11th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield

Working on the marshes we encounter many sights and sounds, some that many people never even come close to witnessing. One of the real marvels of nature for me is seeing the abundance and variety of dragon and damsel flies that methodically hunt for smaller insect prey up and down our dykes and around our fresh water pools.

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A Spring that Has finally sprung

Posted: June 20th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield

After the cold start to the spring, the weather

finally started to warm up in early May before all too quickly it all turned
very autumnal. Well, that was how it seemed as when May came to a close cold
north easterly winds and then days of sea mist set in. It did truly seem like
October on some days! Spring can be a really magical time on the reserve – not
only are most of our resident birds nesting but butterflies and flowers are
emerging and starting to bring welcome splashes of colour to the landscape.

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A Repton Landscape

Posted: June 11th 2018

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Humphry Repton’s death. A renowned landscape gardener who was commissioned by the 1st Earl of Leicester of the 2nd creation to reimagine the pleasure grounds of the lake. Take a walk down to the lake in Holkham park and see the stand we have erected to commemorate his work.

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An Arrival of Cranes

Posted: May 02nd 2018

by Andy Bloomfield, Warden at Holkham NNR

Cranes are large stately birds. With their long necks and legs they could be described as looking rather heron like. They can however stand up to 2.2 metres tall which makes them over twice the height of a Grey Heron!

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Why Holkham’s Librarian is Getting Very Excited

Posted: April 27th 2018

by Dr. Mac Graham, Librarian

One of the great joys and privileges of being the Librarian at Holkham is having the chance to view volumes from the manuscript collection ‘in the flesh’. We do not disturb them unless the occasion demands, but when the occasion does demand…

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The Grey Heron - Holkham's Longest Surveyed Bird

Posted: April 19th 2018

by Andy Bloomfield, Warden Holkham NNR

One of the surveys we are undertaking this year has great significance not only at a local level but nationally too. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the BTO Heronries Census. It is the longest running continuous survey of any bird species not only in the UK but in the world. Here at Holkham our records for Grey Heron go back even further, 1870 to be precise.

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Dr Mac's Tales of a Bygone Age

Posted: April 13th 2018

by Jo Lewis, Marketing Assistant

Lose yourself in Dr Mac’s tales of a bygone age and find out what life behind the scenes at Holkham Hall was like in a brand new tour of the house. Ascend the spiraling servants’ staircase and navigate hidden passages and corridors, before climbing to the attics where you’ll uncover a wealth of treasures awaiting restoration and a library like you’ve never seen before.

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