Go behind the scenes at Chatsworth

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This winter, a series of talks at Chatsworth will give a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the great estate, from a dash through the history of the Devonshire family and the account of life in the estate villages by the recently retired head housekeeper of 40 years, to the newly revealed stories of the famous Mortlake Tapestries returning this season.

Taking place from January 15 to March 11 on selected Fridays, the talks take place in the Hartington room at the Stables at 11am, with refreshments served in the Cavendish restaurant at 10.30am. Tickets for each are priced at £12, and can be booked online.

Throughout winter, the shop and Carriage House restaurant are open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Once again, Chatsworth is delighted to host the Peak District Artisans Spring Showcase in the Burlington Room. Work from more than 30 artists, designer-makers and contemporary craftspeople from across the Peak District will be on show from January 6 to March 13, open daily 10.30am – 3.30pm. Admission is free.

Confirmed talks include:

January 15: The Old Park - Chatsworth’s hidden gem.

An indoor excursion of this unique and very beautiful part of Chatsworth Park, which due to its special nature has very limited access to visitors.

January 22: Chatsworth, Chelsea and back again.

February 12: Dash through the Devonshires.

Enjoy a journey through 500 years of family history to find the colourful characters who influenced the fortunes and survival of Chatsworth.

February 19: The return of the Mortlake tapestries.

Two of the 17th century tapestries return this season following two years of conservation. In those two years the tapestries have revealed a lot which we can now share with our visitors.

February 26: Glimpses into phase four of the Masterplan.

Glimpse into phase four of the Masterplan which includes traditional crafts such as stonework and the conservation/restoration of the East façade.

March 4: Chatsworth: A Living Estate.

With over 40 years experience living on the Chatsworth Estate, recently retired head housekeeper, Christine Robinson, talks about this very special community and its villages.

March 11: Lismore Castle.An insight into the Devonshire family’s home in Ireland, Lismore Castle, and its links to Chatsworth; from how it came to be part of the estate and its social history, to how it is used and enjoyed today.

See www.chatsworth.org for more.