Friday 9 October 2020

Strawberry Hill House & Garden - Autumn at Strawberry Hill House


Autumn at Strawberry Hill House 

The autumnal light always created a magical atmosphere within Strawberry Hill House, casting vibrant and ever-shifting colours through Horace Walpole’s incredible painted glass. We are delighted that so many of you have visited and are continuing to visit our ‘little Gothic castle’ during this time and hope that both the house and garden have offered a space of reflection, enjoyment and inspiration.

As we head into a new season, we would like to invite you to join some of our activities. Our Twilight Tours are back with a Gothic twist this October, ready for Halloween. We are also offering Family Garden Tours, led by our Head of Education, along with a new Family Garden Trail.

We are delighted to announce that we have selected local artists Charmaine Stimson, Judith North and Kate Proudman to curate our ‘Write to Horace’ letters installation, which will open at the house on November 5. This exciting project will continue throughout November and December, as part of our 10-year anniversary celebration of the restoration of Strawberry Hill House.

In other news, our very own House Guide, Volunteer Librarian and newsletter editor, Nevil Tomlinson, has had a fascinating article on the Strawberry Hill House Library published in esteemed journal The Book Collector. This is a fantastic achievement and a recognition of the important research work undertaken by volunteers at the house.

You may have spotted Strawberry Hill House featured in The Times this September. This article, focusing on Lady Waldegrave’s time at Strawberry Hill, highlighted the house, its previous owners and our involvement in the Jewish Country House Project, in conjunction with Oxford University. The project focuses on the fascinating Jewish heritage of some of Britain and Europe’s houses being opened up through an online cultural route launching later this year. We look forward to sharing more details soon!

Finally, as part of London Art Week 2020, Dr. Silvia Davoli, our Lost Treasures co-curator will explore the life and work of British sculptor Anne Seymour Damer, who exhibited at the Royal Academy and enjoyed the patronage, among others, of Horace Walpole. As part of this online talk, Silvia will be joined by Elyse Nelson (Assistant Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), and Emanuela Tarizzo (Gallery Director, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art). The talk will take place on Wednesday 21 October at 4.30pm, register your place here.

We look forward to you participating in our exciting Autumn programme, either in-person or online.

Thank you for your ongoing support 
The Strawberry Hill House Team

Visit the House
Opening Times
House – Sunday to Thursday: 11am – 4pm 
Final entry one hour before closing
Garden & Garden CafΓ© – Sunday to Thursday: 10am – 4pm

Event: Gothic Twilight Tours
Thursday 15, 22, 29 October
From 7pm

Visit us at twilight and experience the spine-chilling atmosphere that inspired Horace Walpole to write the first Gothic novel. Our experienced guides will take you on a magical journey and tell tales of romance, tragedy and horror.

Standard Ticket Price: £20
Members and Patrons: £18

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Outdoor Tour: Horace's Hidden
Garden Trail 

Tuesday 27 at 10:30am and Wednesday 28 October at 10:30am & 2:30pm

Autumn is a wonderful time for children and grown-ups to explore the hidden corners of the garden at Strawberry Hill house. Join one of our guided half term holiday family trails and discover how we're making a happy home for creatures and plants that have enjoyed life at Strawberry Hill for hundreds of years.

Set Family Price: £4

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