Thursday, 24 March 2011

Vote for Chatsworth to be one of England's Seven Wonders!

Lastminute.com in association with Enjoy England are currently running a contest to find the ‘Seven Wonders of England’. Chatsworth is one of the contenders, so it would be great to get as much support as possible. Vote now by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/eWN5g1.

Fingers crossed Chatsworth will be recognised as one of England’s most beautiful places!


Cat Reaney



Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Corsets and Bustles

Our Lady’s Maid is now ready and waiting for visitors in one of our newly restored Guest Bedrooms, with lots to show and stories to share on how she would have made her mistress look beautiful. The photo here is our Textiles Supervisor, Susie Stokoe modelling one of the outfits.


Members of the Guides team who dress up as our Lady’s Maid have been researching Rosalie, the Lady’s Maid for the Duchess of Marlborough who we know visited Chatsworth in 1898. We have researched hair styles, fashions, makeup, medicine and sports of the time and have even worn corsets to really get to grips with what life was like for a Lady’s Maid. The Textiles department have done a fantastic job at making our outfits and even created a boned corset for the room!


We had so much fun creating this character, we hope people will come to meet her in situ. Our Lady’s Maid will be talking to visitors in the Guest Bedrooms every day.


Heather Redmond

Head Guide



Friday, 11 March 2011

Our first newborns for 2011

Tessa the shorthorn cow gave birth to the first new arrival at the farmyard this season on 7 March, shortly followed by Betty the Gloucester old spot pig who farrowed on the 8 March. Betty was due to give birth first, but Tessa caught us out and had her bull calf unaided 2 weeks early!


Cheryl Burfield

Assistant Farmyard Manager


What a team

The Chatsworth team were winners in two categories at last night’s Peak District and Derbyshire Excel awards.


Doreen Motley won “Unsung Hero” for the fantastic job she does as part of the team who answer the thousands of telephone calls that we receive at Chatsworth, and Kay Rotchford won “Event Planner of the Year” recognizing the great job that Kay and her team do to make every event at Chatsworth special.


Well done to both of them and everyone else at Chatsworth who has worked so hard to get us ready for re-opening.


Alan Caldwell



Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Laura Ellen Bacon sculpture

Work on the archway is almost complete.  The full scale of the work is evident now and I'm now enjoying the full satisfaction of working the thousands of woven pieces of willow into the final layers of the weave.  It is very meticulous work but over the 10 years of creating work, it has never felt repetitive, perhaps the tuneful robins who watch me help.  The robins flutter inside the artwork and sit about a foot away from me while I weave, so close I can see their breath as they sing.   


I'm working on a scaffold tower for much of the creation and the views across the Kitchen Garden and to the landscape beyond are quite a sight. I've been watching the gardeners in the Kitchen Garden daily as they prepare for what looks like a fruitful year ahead (I feel like a fat little robin myself watching them with my red coat covering my million padded layers of coats, although I haven't got the voice to sing to them!).


I'm very pleased with the framing of the Hunting Tower within the archway as it is approached.  I'm also enjoying the scale of the archway myself and the curves above as I walk under it.  There will be 3 other smaller forms that will be created along the pathway towards the Kitchen Garden, which will, I hope provide intrigue along the path and entice people up.


My previous artwork at Chatsworth, 'Woven Space' (inside a cluster of yew trees close to the Conservative Wall) is still withstanding the elements.  It was created as a temporary study in the winter of 2009.  The willow is still very strong and the shape still works well I think.  


How wonderful it is to be making a piece of work on site at Chatsworth...  More news soon