Speaker, Margie Burnet, archivist and exhibition curator at Haddon.
Haddon Hall is Derbyshire’s finest medieval house. The Hall at the core of the building was erected c1370 and was enlarged in Henry VIII’s reign, with the addition of a dining room, an impressive long gallery, a 50 ft. tower and a range of service buildings. It was for centuries the home of the Vernon and Manners families but ceased to be lived in during the eighteenth century.
The speaker will briefly relate the history of the Vernons and the Manners but will concentrate on John, 9th Duke of Rutland who set about a thorough renovation which became his life’s task. He had been present at the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb and he adopted an archaeological approach to his work, measuring and recording and taking many photographs. The speaker will guide us through the Hall, room by room, as his renovations are explained, using the Duke’s photographs and extracts from his three large notebooks.