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21 March 2017The Country House in the Twentieth Century
18 October 2016The Silent Partner: The Picture Frame from Past to Present

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The Country House in the Twentieth Century Roger Mitchell Tuesday 21 March 2017

We look at houses built in the 20th century like Manderston, Blackwell, Castle Drogo, Rodmarton and Eltham Palace but also at the fascinating story of how the Country House coped with the challenges of the 20th century – agricultural depression, high taxation, two World Wars, the National Trust and much else. We move from the dark days of the 1950s when so many great houses were destroyed to the more optimistic outlook at the start of a new millennium. Over the last forty years old houses have been restored and new ones like Meols Hall and Henbury Hall have been built.

Some of those attending may have their own stories to tell – school days or house openings. Perhaps you remember the Duke of Bedford – ‘The Showman Duke’ or ‘The Lions of Longleat’. 

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