Tatton Park Lunchtime Lecture Series 2010 | Knutsford Times

Tatton Park Lunchtime Lecture Series 2010

By on March 23, 2010

No dull slide show presentations these!  Attendees will hear from experienced Tatton staff and knowledgeable outside experts about a range of fascinating subjects.  From Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cheshire to the secrets of unravelling your family history by the enthusiasts at the Family History Society of Cheshire, there is a topic to suit all tastes and inclinations. And all can be experienced against the back drop of this beautiful setting.

Lynn Podmore, Learning and Visitor Services Manager commented “We believe we’ve put together an excellent range of lectures this year to complement the history and heritage of Tatton Park and also to celebrate the   bi-centenary of the birth of Elizabeth Gaskell.  Each lecture ends with a tour of the Mansion or Garden and lunch if required so it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a sociable and educational visit to Tatton.”

The lunchtime lecture programme commences on Thursday 15th April with Summoned by Bells, by historical researcher Gwyneth Mitchell, who will delve into the lives of domestic servants of the 19th century. This will be followed on Wednesday 16th June with Genealogy: The Next Step when we welcome back Gay Oliver and Alan Bennett from The Family History Society of Cheshire. 

On Wednesday 1st September Caroline Schofield, Tatton Park Mansion and Collections Manager and Sam Youd, Head Gardener, will talk about the Italian influence on the Mansion and Garden collections during The Italian Connection: The Egertons and Italy.  During autumn the lecture series continues on Wednesday 6th October with historian and writer Joan Leach’s fascinating talk and tour Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cheshire; the Cranford connection follows on Friday 8th October with Elizabeth Gaskell and the 19th century novel by Ed Potten and Fran Baker from John Rylands University Library.  Finally, the lecture series draws to a close on Wednesday 20th October with East to West, a garden journey from Japan to Cheshire with Tatton gardener Simon Tetlow.

Lynn commented “The lunch time lectures are just one of a number of ‘adult learning’ experiences offered throughout the year.  Tatton prides itself on the variety and quality of its courses so if you fancy trying your hand at the ancient longbow, or testing your dexterity in willow weaving, further details can be found on our website.” 

Lecture times vary but generally take place before midday and last an hour, with lunch from 12pm.  Full details of our lecture series can be found at http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/Education/lifelonglearning.htm

Lunch packages are available (in the Stables Restaurant).  All lectures £10 per person.  Lunch and lecture £23 (prices include car entry).

Pre booking essential: 01625 374428 / philip.watts@cheshireeast.gov.uk

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