Knebworth House welcomes The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP
Knebworth House welcomes The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
On Thursday, The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was welcomed to Knebworth House by Managing Director Martha Lytton Cobbold and Visit Herts Deputy Chief Executive David Curtis-Brignell, to discuss how Knebworth House has been affected by the pandemic, and how they are now successfully welcoming visitors and film production crews back safely.
As Co-Chair of Visit Herts and Deputy President of Historic Houses, Martha welcomed the opportunity to speak to The Minister about how both Visit Herts and Historic Houses have supported their partner attractions and properties.
As the Park and Gardens were open to visitors The Minister was able to see how historic Knebworth House, Park and Gardens are managing social distancing and health & safety measures on a sell-out open day, and was pleased to see visitors enjoying the attractions and re-connecting with friends and family in a safe ‘good to go’ open-air environment.
Knebworth House also had a film crew on site, which is the first film location booking since re- opening. The Minister was able to see the crew dressing the set while on a tour of the Hertfordshire stately home, and was happy to see the creative arts business returning safely.
Upon arrival The Minister viewed the Luna Drive-In Cinema set up, which has been providing film fans with a chance, every evening, to watch their favourite films in a safe socially-distanced, drive-in setting since 5 th July.
The Minister chose Knebworth House as a place of interest due to his close connection with Hertfordshire as MP for Hertsmere.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden Commented: "There are so many ways for visitors to enjoy summer safely at Knebworth House, from taking a socially-distanced tour of the historic site to watching a film under the stars at the Luna Cinema. We have worked closely with the screen industry and medical experts during this crisis to develop detailed guidance for filming to restart, and it was brilliant to see preparations in action."
Managing Director, Martha Lytton Cobbold Commented: “I was delighted to meet with The Minister to discuss the af ect the pandemic has had on us as a heritage attraction and business, and how we are now moving forward proactively to enable continued safe access, and retain employment and business where possible. We are grateful to the DCMS for their support and welcome the opportunity to discuss the ongoing challenges within heritage maintenance and the wedding business.”