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Chippendale Otley Residents’ Day

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Tuesday 5 June 2018
10am – 6pm

As part of our Chippendale 300 programme, and in celebration of the Baptism date of Thomas Chippendale, we are opening our doors for free* to all Otley residents. Throughout the day, you will have the chance to visit our Chippendale exhibition Designer, Maker, Decoratoran exploration and celebration of Harewood’s own extraordinary Chippendale collection, which is widely considered to be one of the best in the world.

Taking the form of a trail through the House and grounds, the exhibition showcases the breadth of Chippendale’s craftsmanship and activity at Harewood, celebrating his talent as a pre-eminent designer and maker of furniture as well as his wider role as a decorator.

What's on during the day?

We have a full schedule of free events and activities throughout the day for you to enjoy:

Experiencing Chippendale at Harewood: A Tour with Professor Ann Sumner

Join Professor Ann Sumner for a tour of the exhibition, and  hear about her new research on what early visitors and tourists thought of the magnificent Chippendale commission when they first saw it.

This free tour is available on a first come-first serve basis, for a maximum of 20 people. To reserve your place, visit the State Floor between 11am and 2.30pm to sign up. The tour will then commence from the Entrance Hall of the State Floor at 3pm.

Important Information

*Proof of an Otley address (utility bill/driving license) will be required at our Visitor Reception in order to gain your free entry. Advance booking is not required.

If you have any queries please contact our Visitor Experience Team on 0113 218 1000 or email info@harewood.org.

About Thomas Chippendale

Born in Otley, just seven miles away from Harewood House, Thomas Chippendale was commissioned in 1767 by Edwin Lascelles to furnish his new home that was built by John Carr of York and Robert Adam. The refurbishment of Harewood House took 30 years and was completed by Thomas Chippendale Junior following his father’s death in 1779.

The commission not only supplied and installed the furniture, but also sumptuous curtains, blinds, carpets, wallpapers, upholstery, protective covers and exquisitely designed wall borders.