Call +44 (0)1223 841055 | Enquiry form | MenuClose menu

01 March 2016

This year, ACE is delighted to welcome Dr Adam White to our growing ranks of expert Tour Directors. In addition to being an experienced art historian and museum curator, Adam is also one of Britain’s leading authorities on English Elizabethan and Jacobean sculpture. This summer, he will lead two brand new tours that step behind the scenes of country houses in Yorkshire and Northamptonshire, opening up a clutch of private visits and speaking to the owners and curators of these historic collections. Adam writes:

“As Hon. Curator of Collections at Lotherton Hall, I’m responsible for the art collections of this historic house museum, as well as the ceramics collection at Temple Newsam House. My research interests include all aspects of the English country house, from the Reformation to the present day: architecture, interior design, furnishings, patronage and collecting of the fine and decorative arts, as well as the social, family and estate history of these wonderful places.

“Having worked at Lotherton Hall and Temple Newsam in Leeds for over twenty years, I am particularly excited to open my little black book for ACE travellers to really get under the skin of Yorkshire’s fantastic historic houses. We can look forward to special access to places that people simply don’t normally get to see, like Weston Hall – a true ‘sleeping beauty’ of a house which is very rarely open to visitors – and Clifton Castle, where the Marquess of Downshire will be giving us a personal guided tour of his family home.

“We’ll also enjoy truly expert guidance. Daru Rooke, who will be our guide at Cliffe Castle, is the Curator there and has masterminded the restoration of its historic interiors. At Burton Constable, we shall be shown around by Dr David Connell, the Director of the Burton Constable Foundation who has been at the forefront of the rescue of the house and the study of its interiors and collections.”

Inside England’s Country Houses

This year, ACE is delighted to welcome Dr Adam White to our growing ranks of expert Tour Directors. In addition to being an experienced art historian and museum curator, Adam is also one of Britain’s leading authorities on English Elizabethan and Jacobean sculpture. This summer, he will lead two brand new tours that step behind the scenes of country houses in Yorkshire and Northamptonshire, opening up a clutch of private visits and speaking to the owners and curators of these historic collections. Adam writes:

“As Hon. Curator of Collections at Lotherton Hall, I’m responsible for the art collections of this historic house museum, as well as the ceramics collection at Temple Newsam House. My research interests include all aspects of the English country house, from the Reformation to the present day: architecture, interior design, furnishings, patronage and collecting of the fine and decorative arts, as well as the social, family and estate history of these wonderful places.

“Having worked at Lotherton Hall and Temple Newsam in Leeds for over twenty years, I am particularly excited to open my little black book for ACE travellers to really get under the skin of Yorkshire’s fantastic historic houses. We can look forward to special access to places that people simply don’t normally get to see, like Weston Hall – a true ‘sleeping beauty’ of a house which is very rarely open to visitors – and Clifton Castle, where the Marquess of Downshire will be giving us a personal guided tour of his family home.

“We’ll also enjoy truly expert guidance. Daru Rooke, who will be our guide at Cliffe Castle, is the Curator there and has masterminded the restoration of its historic interiors. At Burton Constable, we shall be shown around by Dr David Connell, the Director of the Burton Constable Foundation who has been at the forefront of the rescue of the house and the study of its interiors and collections.”

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTRY HOUSES

June 7–10, 2016; £1095

Northamptonshire boasts some of the finest examples of country houses in England, yet it is often overlooked by architecture enthusiasts. Our itinerary will include Drayton House with its magnificent Baroque frontispiece by the architect William Talman, the atmospheric Renaissance ruin of Kirby Hall, and Cottesbrooke Hall, which has been described as a ‘near-perfect example of Queen Anne architecture’. More>>

YORKSHIRE COUNTRY HOUSES: PUBLIC & PRIVATE

August 22–27, 2016; £1575

Based in York, our explorations will take us west, east, and north. Highlights include Temple Newsam, the great Tudor-Jacobean mansion built by Thomas, Lord Darcy c.1520, and Lotherton Hall, its charming little sister, along with lesser-known examples such as Cliffe Castle, a classic Yorkshire ‘brass castle’ built for the millionaire entrepreneur Henry Butterfield. More>>

 
 
Top
printFooter