Axminster carpet – Harewood House

This episode of Past Matters should encourage visitors to England’s finest stately homes to look down as well as up for future visits, as Assistant Curator and Archivist at Harewood House, Becky Burton, describes the significance of a grand Axminster carpet for social standing.

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Christmas 2019 special: Torcheres – Apsley House (with added bonus audio)

Apsley House (also known as No.1 London) is the home of the Dukes of Wellington and for the first time has extended its opening times to the 22nd December 2019 and decorated the house in 1840s style Christmas decorations. Visitors can therefore experience this already beautiful building as it may have looked for a Georgian Christmas. It therefore seemed fitting to feature one of the Christmas special episodes here.

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Three tapestries – Hever Castle

This episode of Past Matters is for fans of the Tudors, Anne Boleyn and anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about tapestries, royal signifiers of power and historical fashion. Or those who enjoy looking for the comic scenes hidden in art. 

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A Regency fan – The Holburne Museum

This episode takes us to the Holburne Museum in Bath, which runs an excellent programme called Pathways to Wellbeing whereby they offer art classes focusing on the objects in the museum to people with mental health issues referred by the local NHS trust. 

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Three gorillas – Ipswich Museum

It’s not all about the mammoth! Visitors to Ipswich Museum should also take note of three frightening looking taxidermied gorillas in the corner of the Victorian Natural History Gallery there.

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Regency dairy – Weald & Downland Living Museum

Nestled among the reconstructed low-status farm buildings in Weald & Downland Living Museum is an almost fairytale-like structure. It wasn’t the home of fairytale heroine though – it’s actually an ornamental dairy from Regency England. Although, there are marks within it to ward off witches and evil spirits…

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