We’ll be at the Pop Up Wedding Village at Calke Abbey on Sunday 15th April for all you lucky brides & grooms to be searching for unique wedding inspiration.
Visit @popupweddingvillage for more info.
There has been a lot of love for @ntcalkeabbey in the Derby history team this week.
Our MA student, Peter Fathers, is working with Calke Abbey on his Public History Consultancy module and had a meeting there today.
Also, a few of our lecturers took the third year undergraduates there this week as part of their module on country houses.
Described as the 'unstately stately home', Calke has lots of surprises and lots of stories to uncover. A real contrast to the many country houses in the area and a real asset to our research and teaching on heritage and the country house.
Getting to know you; met some fabulous people today had some really interesting conversations about cause and the importance of contribution to maintain, repair and conserve our beautiful countryside and heritage sites. So far, every expectation I had of Calke has been blown out of the water. For one... the gardens? VAST and full of so many suprises. Hidden, mysterious, historical treasures everywhere. But for now, here's some of the plants wonderfully tended to by dedicated gardeners and volunteers, a few of who I had a pleasure of meeting today! 🌻🍁 #hiddencalke#calkeabbey
Today was a trip with our third years to Calke Abbey the 'unstately stately home'. This is an unusual country house where there has been a conscious decision not to restore it back to a grand point in its history, but attempt to keep it in a state of suspended animation.
This means taxidermy everywhere along with other random furniture and objects, peeling paint and dishevelled wallpaper. As a result it feels a bit more lived in that other National Trust properties. There is some level of interpretation but I felt, at times, that could sit uncomfortably against the atmosphere of the house.
Some students felt parts were a bit spooky due to the neglected and abandoned style of many areas and rooms.
Nevertheless, the grounds a beautiful and it's certainly worth a visit for the sheer contrast to your average National Trust property.