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

Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

I’ve had the great pleasure of writing and recording a podcast with fellow Warwick Castle historian Aaron Manning. The documentary focuses on the extraordinary and often contradictory life of Daisy, 5th Countess of Warwick, who went from being one of the most celebrated Edwardian socialites to a staunch socialist. Indeed, it was in the 1920s…… Continue reading Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

Charles’s Queen Gets the Chop

Image: Queen Henrietta Maria, Sir Anthony Van Dyck, formerly in the collection of Warwick Castle, currently Private collection, USA. (Photograph by Stephen Hand) In 2015 Merlin Entertainments sold a portrait of a Queen of England at public auction in London. Henrietta Maria (1609-1669), wife to King Charles I, was by all accounts not the most…… Continue reading Charles’s Queen Gets the Chop

Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

Good news that my lecture on Art from the Warwick Castle Archive has been re-scheduled to Saturday 10th November 2018. The lecture is for the Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office, and will be held at the WCRO starting at 2pm. The talk will cover a variety of materials relating to the Grevilles of…… Continue reading Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle resurfaces

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (Derby 1734 – Derby 1797), Lake by Moonlight with Castle on Hill, About 1787, Oil on canvas, 58.4 x 76.3 cm. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michal Hornstein. Further to my post last year, Joseph Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle by Moonlight has recently resurfaced in the Museum…… Continue reading Wright of Derby’s view of Warwick Castle resurfaces

NEMA Newsletter – Lute Event

The National Early Music Association have published a short article of mine in their recent Newsletter. It focuses on the sold-out lecture I gave in November on the c.1550 Hans Frei Lute preserved in the Warwickshire County Museum. Click here to read the two page article

Daisy, The Red Countess of Warwick

Image: Frances Evelyn Greville, nee Maynard, 1901, Country Life. A last minute announcement of a lecture being held this evening (14th March 2018) at Warwick University at 6pm. Entitled ‘Daisy, The Red Countess of Warwick’, myself and Mr Aaron Manning (Historic Royal Palaces) will be attempting to chart and give a balanced view of the…… Continue reading Daisy, The Red Countess of Warwick