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Christmas Lights Fantastic at Harewood!

Our first ever Christmas Lights Switch On was a fantastic success with a swinging festive party on stage hosted by Real Radio’s Dixie and Gayle followed by the highlight of the show – a state of the art light show, using a three dimensional projection onto the stunning exterior of the 18th Century House…

If you missed the Lights Switch On (and all the recent press coverage too!) you can watch a snippet of the show on our Harewood You Tube channel, or visit our website to read more and to watch it now!

Adam has left the building…!

‘Adam’, an extraordinary piece by one of Britain’s most important twentieth century sculptors Sir Jacob Epstein, and one of the most important items in the Harewood modern collection, was carved from a single piece of Derbyshire alabaster in 1938 and 1939.

On 11th November this year, Adam left Yorkshire for London for conservation prior to being displayed at the Royal Academy… Removing Adam from the Entrance Hall here at Harewood was a considerable feat of engineering in itself, requiring an A-frame, winch and trackway, as well as scaffolding to support the steps and undercroft of the House and a Hiab outside the building to lift the sculpture on to a lorry… a big job for the scaffolders and art handlers, and the beginning of a long journey for Adam…

Adam was uncrated today at the conservation studio where he will remain until the New Year whilst cleaning work on his surface and repairs to his base take place.

We are filming the process – short snippets of which will be available on our website in the New Year and the final film will be shown as part of the exhibition here at Harewood in the spring when Adam returns… check out our website for details: www.harewood.org/findingadam

Eric Robson seeks some expert advice on growing Himalayan plants from Head Gardener Trevor Nicholson

BBC Gardeners’ Question Time came to interview Harewood’s Head Gardener Trevor Nicholson here at Harewood last week.
The show itself was recorded today in front of a live studio audience at Askham Bryan College near York and will be aired along with Trevor’s interview on Gardeners’ Question Time this Friday 12 Nov at 3.00pm on BBC Radio 4 (repeated Sunday 14 Nov at 14:00).
Click here to read more about the Gardens at Harewood and see video blogs from Trevor…
Listen online to this week’s show, download podcasts of previous shows and find out more on the Click on the BBC Gardeners’ Question Time website

Bigger and Better than ever!

This year’s Autumn Glory was better than ever and we had record numbers of visitors to prove it!

This classic Harewood event has always been popular but this year’s event was bigger and better including dry-stone walling demos, glass blowing, the West Garden transformed into an enchanted forest with giant toadstools, fairytale gateways and tipis as well as an all-new craft market with unique hand-made craft goodies on sale in our cosy (and massive!) 3-tipi tent on the North Front.

The West Garden tipis were full of delighted children taking part in seasonal fun, storytelling and activities… and the weather was perfect!

If you missed Autumn glory this year you missed a treat! Join us next October Half Term for entertainment and seasonal fun and to see the grounds and landscape showing their glorious autumn colours!

More details will be available on our website in the spring…

One to look out for…

The BBC were here at Harewood this week filming for a new BBC series based on the 1936 novel ‘South Riding’ by Winifred Holtby.

Harewood House’s facade and Gallery will feature in the series as ‘Maythorpe Hall’.

The book is set in the fictional South Riding of Yorkshire, the real inspiration being the East Riding. The book won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for 1936.

The novel was first adapted for the cinema in 1937 and was later adapted for television in a 1970s production starring Hermione Baddeley, Dorothy Tutin, Nigel Davenport and Judi Bowker. A radio version starring Sarah Lancashire and Philip Glenister has been made for BBC 7 and this latest adaptation by Andrew Davies, starring David Morrissey and Anna Maxwell Martin, is being produced by the BBC to be aired later this year or next…so keep your eyes peeled…!

Read more about the shoot and the series, inlcuding comments from the actors and Andrew Davis on Screen Yorkshire’s website