Costume Display at Knebworth House
Knebworth House has made starring appearances on the big screen in major feature films, series and music videos over the past 50 years with highlights including: The Crown, The King’s Speech, Batman and YOU.
Now on display in Knebworth House throughout April and May are some of the costumes used on location at Knebworth House in ‘The King’s Speech (2010)’, ‘Victoria and Abdul (2017)’ and ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)’. Costumes worn by Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother), Guy Pearce Edward VIII, The Duke of Windsor) and Eve Best (Wallis Simpson) form the display for ‘The King’s Speech (2010)’ in the Banqueting Hall of Knebworth House where scenes were shot from 11th until 15th January 2010. Visitors to Knebworth House will see the costumes close up and read information and quotes from the costume designer Jenny Beavan.
In the State Drawing Room of Knebworth House there is a display of costumes worn by Dame Judi Dench (Queen Victoria) and Ali Fazal (Abdul Karim) in ‘Victoria & Abdul (2017)’ which was filmed in the October of 2016 with Knebworth House doubling for Balmoral, Queen Victoria’s Scottish retreat. The ‘Victoria & Abdul (2017)’ costumes on display in Knebworth House were designed by Consolata Boyle.
The ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)’ display comprises of the Volcano Man helmet worn by Will Ferrell (Lars Erickssong), and a replica of the Jacket he was wearing in the song-along scenes shot at Knebworth House in 2019.
These exciting displays are part of the Screen Tourism Development Programme which is part of the Visit Herts’ destination recovery strategy, delivered through the successful UK Community Renewal Fund Project, ‘Driving creative innovation and culture-led regeneration through the film industry’ which is funded by the UK Government through the UK community Renewal Fund. Get more information on the Visit Herts website.
The ‘On Location at Knebworth House’ Exhibition is also a must-see for any film fan visiting Knebworth House. This exhibition tells the story of filming at Knebworth House, Gardens and Park from behind the camera with hilarious stories from the Lytton Cobbold Family and staff.
Tickets to Knebworth House include access to the costume displays and the ‘On Location’ exhibition. Pre-booked tickets are discounted online.
This week, Trustees representing Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust (KHEPT), officially opened the newly restored Watchman’s Tower. The Watchman’s Tower was built by Robert, first Earl of Lytton and dates back to the 1880s.
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