Winter Lecture Series: ‘Changing Perspectives’

Please join us for our winter series of free online lectures: ‘Changing Perspectives’ 

‘Dyrham Park and Imperial Imagination’ with Dr Rupert Goulding FSA

Tuesday 7th February 2023

6pm London time

William Blathwayt (?1649-1717) constructed Dyrham Park between 1692 and 1704, a house and garden made to reflect his professional status, embodying his interconnected roles within political, military, and especially colonial administration. The house contained a rich assemblage of materials and objects which communicated then and now these colonial connections. Blathwayt described colonies as ‘enlarging His [Majesty’s] Empire and Revenue very considerably’ and at Dyrham Park this ambition found material expression.

Rupert is the National Trust Senior National Curator for Research and the South West. He has written extensively on Dyrham Park, William Blathwayt, and the colonial connections of the Blathwayt family.

Register via Eventbrite for Rupert’s lecture HERE

Image: A View of the port of Bridgetown Barbados with extensive shipping by an unknown early eighteenth-century artist. Believed owned by William Blathwayt (1649-1717) as Auditor General of Plantation Revenues. NT456640


‘Alice’s Wonderlands: rediscovering the forgotten world of Alice de Rothschild’ with Dr Mia Jackson

Tuesday 14th March 2023

6pm London time

Alice de Rothschild, a member of the powerful European banking dynasty, was an avid art collector and creator of spectacular gardens at her residences in England and France. Yet her legacy has been overshadowed by the men of her family. Following new research related to an exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, Mia tells the story of a fearless woman, unconfined by social expectations, who stands out in an age dominated by men. Intelligent, exacting, discerning and independent, her spirit has been rediscovered at Waddesdon, a house she owned for 24 years.

Mia is the Curator of Decorative Arts at Waddesdon Manor

Register via Eventbrite for Mia’s lecture HERE