Wish you were here…? Lockdown ‘postcards’ from Chatsworth
15 May 2020. Chatsworth has launched a multimedia tour of the great estate’s house and garden in the company of the people who know it best – the Devonshire family, plus others who live and work at their Derbyshire home, including housekeepers, gardeners, guides and curators.
Joining the multimedia tour (https://www.chatsworth.org/multimedia-guide) from your own home, armchair adventurers can travel through the centuries of history found in grand staterooms, such as the Painted Hall, Sculpture Gallery and Library. Rather than using professional narrators, Chatsworth interviewed its in-house team for both film and voiceover to highlight their expertise, warmth and authentic connection to the estate over many years.
In more than 40 ‘postcards’, the team recreate the feeling of visiting Chatsworth’s famous landscapes, rooms and artworks by sharing not just facts and figures but personal insights and hidden stories about the people who have made it what it is today.
Room guide Nicky Crewe explains how a Royal visit that never happened made the Painted Hall so impressive; Mick Brown from the garden team explains how the gravity fed Emperor Fountain can reach 200ft; curator Dr Alex Hodby explores the role of the Veiled Vestal Virgin in ancient Rome; while the Duchess of Devonshire talks fondly of family christenings in the Chapel, using a huge silver gilt wine cooler as a font.
Chatsworth worked with Antenna International to develop the award-winning multimedia tour, which was originally designed for visitors using handheld devices on site. The tour has been adapted and posted onto Chatsworth’s website to share the passion and expertise of its team as visitors are temporarily unable to visit in person.
Chatsworth house, garden and farmyard, gift shops, restaurants, car parks, and public toilets are closed until further notice though, as a vital food service outlet, the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop in nearby Pilsley remains open.