The history of Markenfield Hall – the oldest continuously inhabited house in the country – is a long, occasionally tragic, and complicated one; but above all, it is truly fascinating.
This year, we are moving away from the physical history of the Hall and looking at the people who lived here and the wildlife that surrounds it.
Join Hall Guide Caroline Eason as she takes you back to Victorian times and into the life, loves and literature of Caroline Norton. Following on from the (hopefully…) great success of this summer’s exhibition of Caroline’s papers from the Hall’s archives, we will be delving a little bit deeper into her relationship with 3rd Lord Grantley (highly acrimonious), her campaigning and the tragic tale of her three boys.
We are truly delighted to be welcoming Doug Simpson MBE – the Kite Man. Responsible for the 2000 (year, not number of birds!) Harewood release, Doug will be here to discuss all things Milvus Milvus – from how the release came about, through the monitoring of nests and on to the future of Red Kites in the Yorkshire area. We are all becoming used to the majestic sight of Red Kites soaring over our gardens in this area – now come and learn all about them.
Wednesday 3 October
Caroline Eason on the life, loves and writings of Caroline Norton; featuring documents from the Hall’s archives.
Wednesday 10 October
Doug Simpson MBE on Red Kites in Yorkshire
Each lecture starts at 2:30pm and will last about an hour and will be followed by tea, biscuits and time for discussion. Tickets are £6 per person and booking is essential as car parking is limited at this time of year. To book online please the Events Calendar page on the website.