Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall to unveil new displays in April
Lincolnshire’s historic Doddington Hall will be unveiling a newly renovated room along with brand new displays when the Hall re-opens to the public on 7 April.
Visitors will be able to view the Yellow Bedroom in its full glory following a 10-year conservation of the room’s tapestries. This new addition to the visitor route is just one of the many changes this year, which includes the introduction of an audio tour voiced by the Hall’s owners Claire and James Birch.
The Elizabethan mansion, just a few miles outside of Lincoln, boasts an extensive collection of furniture, tapestries and paintings and this year will also be joined by a new display that will explain the history of the bedroom and how the tapestries were conserved. It will showcase just how much work went into saving this important piece of history and how the room, formerly a guest room, was restored and transformed.
Claire Birch said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors again to Doddington Hall and we hope they will be impressed by the changes that we’ve made and come along to our many events. We have so much planned throughout the season and well beyond. We now have events planned all year round and so there will always be new things to see and do.”
“That includes our new audio tour. Doddington Hall is a very much-loved family home and we would love to be able to show every visitor around ourselves but obviously that’s not possible and so we’ve introduced an audio guide. James and I have recorded a personal tour of the Hall so that visitors can hear our stories of our home and see the rooms as we see them.”
The free audio tour is available to all visitors as they buy their tickets from the Gatehouse before entering the five-acre gardens and historic house.
Said Claire: “Doddington Hall has been our home since 2006 and we’re particularly proud that this year we’ll be able to unveil the newly conserved tapestries. As owners and guardians of the Hall our focus is always on the upkeep, maintenance and preservation of the house and estate for the future and we are so very grateful for people’s continued support.”
The conservation of the tapestries was part financed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, so thanks are due to lottery ticket buyers for helping to save these rare and beautiful tapestries. Meanwhile, every penny spent at Doddington Hall and the estate contributes to the future of the house as all profits are ploughed back into the estate and helps maintain and conserve the house and its contents.
Doddington Hall is open from 7 April to 29 September on Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon – 4.30pm. The gardens open at 11am and last admission is at 3.30pm. Full details of all the events held at Doddington Hall over the coming season can be found at www.doddingtonhall.com.