Sweeter Than Roses – Warwick’s Victorian Gardens

Image: A party in the Rose Garden of Warwick Castle in 1911, sourced from @thepostalmuseum It has been a busy week for garden related news. Blog Firstly, OurWarwickshire have very kindly posted a short blog I had written a few months ago celebrating the resurfacing of a gardening note book written by Anne, 4th Countess…… Continue reading Sweeter Than Roses – Warwick’s Victorian Gardens

Easton Lodge: The Spiritual Home of Daisy, Countess of Warwick

Image: A Marble Memorial to Daisy, Countess of Warwick, in Little Easton Church. OurWarwickshire have kindly posted a blog of mine written after a recent visit to Easton Lodge in Essex. Easton was the ancestral home of the notorious Frances Evelyn Maynard, known more popularly as ‘Daisy’, Countess of Warwick. Despite being over 130 miles…… Continue reading Easton Lodge: The Spiritual Home of Daisy, Countess of Warwick

Fulke Greville Festival

I’m proud to announce the launch of the first ever ‘Fulke Greville Festival’ which will run from 28 – 30 September 2018 in and around Alcester, Warwick and London. Consisting of talks, guided walks and a concert, this festival will celebrate the life and cultural legacy of this fascinating figure from Warwickshire’s past. Sir Fulke…… Continue reading Fulke Greville Festival

Warwick Words History Festival

I am particularly excited to be involved in two events for the Warwick Words History Festival this year. A brief synopsis of both: Anne Greville: A Victorian Countess Sunday 7th October 2018 / 7.30pm / Lord Leycester Hospital You are unlikely to have heard of Anne Greville … you are very likely, however, to have…… Continue reading Warwick Words History Festival

John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

Image: A photograph of the Old Town Hall (1750-2), Devizes, from the Georgian Group Archive. The Georgian Group have recently published an article of mine in their Summer Magazine, which examines the involvement of poet John Betjeman during the group’s early years. Widely regarded as one of the heroes of historic buildings protection and conservation…… Continue reading John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Image: Photograph by Lara Arnott – laraarnott.com I recently had the great pleasure of giving a short talk and performance at the Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings preview in London. The talk focused on the significance of the lute in a picture featured in the OMP Evening Sale. The painting depicted a female lutenist and was…… Continue reading Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Arm Chairs attributed to John Hodson

I recently had the great pleasure of assisting Mackinnon Fine Furniture in the research of two very fine Georgian mahogany armchairs formerly in the collection of Warwick Castle. My research helped to reveal that there were indeed part of a set of twelve armchairs which must have been commissioned by Francis Greville, Lord Brooke and…… Continue reading Arm Chairs attributed to John Hodson