National Trust takes over historic hall

Eyam Hall, National Trust manager Jenny Aldridge
Eyam Hall, National Trust manager Jenny Aldridge

An historic attraction has opened its doors to visitors for the first time after its management has been taken over by a national charity.

Eyam Hall and Centre has been leased to the National Trust by its owners Robert and Nicola Wright, following their retirement.

Jenny Aldridge, visitor operations manager at Eyam, said: “We’re very excited about being at Eyam.

“This is a first for the trust, leasing directly from the family, and is also a great opportunity to work with the local community.

“The hall and centre really do offer a great place to start your visit of Eyam, and we looked forward to welcoming visitors.”

Eyam is a village famous for blocking itself off from the outside world in the 17th Century.

Using the hall and gardens, the trust will tell the story of the Wright family, while it hopes the centre, located in the former stableyard, offers a visitor hub from which people can explore the plague story around the village.

The centre has a National Trust shop, a number of craft units where visitors can see local craftspeople at work and buy their products, together with a cafe.

Four new walks have been created to help visitors explore some of the remarkable accounts of Eyam and its colourful characters. The walks – The Two Survivors, The Three Decisions, The Lone Mother, and The Lovers – aim to give visitors a new vantage point. Each offers its own ‘walk thought’ to get visitors thinking about the events and experiences of the plague.

Each walk starts from the hall and is accompanied by a free a map available from the National Trust Shop in the centre.

The trust is working closely with the community to help tell Eyam’s story and has set up the Eyam Community Forum to enable all the village’s different organisations and businesses to take part.

The Hall and gardens are open to visitors between Wednesday and Sunday, from March through to November, while the centre will be open all year round. For more information call 01433 639565 or email eyam@nationaltrust.org.uk

Captions

- Eyam Hall exterior

- The tapestry bedroom

- The main bedroom

- Some of the toys on display

- Some of the items on display in the kitchen

- Polly Robinson putting the finishing touches to the dining room.

- National Trust manager Jenny Aldridge