Historic Houses DG Ben Cowell speaks on ‘The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home’

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On 30 April, EA Festival will host a fascinating event at The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket, The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home. The theme goes to the heart of Historic Houses’ mission and will feature a discussion with Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses, and Peter Mandler, Professor of Modern Cultural History at the University of Cambridge. Peter’s book (of the same title as the event) was the original inspiration for this talk and explains the historical vicissitudes leading to the decline, then revitalisation of stately homes in the UK. Ben’s soon-to-be-published book, The British Country House Revival, carries on from where Peter’s left off and emphasises how such places have thrived in recent decades, making this a golden age for houses in the country.

You can purchase tickets for this lunchtime talk on the ticketing page of EA Festival. N.B. There are two types of tickets available, Talk+Lunch and Talk only. The Talk+Lunch ticket includes a glass of champagne after the talk followed by a set lunch (with a glass of wine).

There will be a complimentary ticketed tour of the Jockey Club Rooms’ renowned collection of equine art at 11 am, available to all ticket holders. Tour places are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis. Please book your tour ticket when purchasing your ticket to the talk.