Earl of Leicester postpones Holkham Hall exhibition

7th Earl of Leicester at Holkham Hall ANL-160601-124759001
7th Earl of Leicester at Holkham Hall ANL-160601-124759001

The Current Earl of Leicester has spoken of his anguish following the late postponement of the Homestead to Holkham exhibition at Holkham Hall.

The exhibition was due to pay tribute to his father, the life of the late 7th Earl of Leicester, who died last year.

The 7th Earl of Leicester played an integral part in the restoration of the fortunes of the Holkham estate.

In the Spring 2016 Holkham Gazette, the Earl said: “This year, I intended to put on an exhibition in the hall about my late father, the 7th Earl of Leicester, who died in April 2015.

“But, as I began to assemble the exhibits and work on the contents of the exhibition, I realised that it is too soon and the memories are still too raw to be able to pay tribute properly to the man who saved Holkham.

“Together with my family I would like more time to do justice to my father and therefore I have postponed the exhibition, until we feel ready to mount it.”

The estate opened its Field to Fork exhibition at the end of last month.

Designed by London-based creative design group Drinkall Dean, the exhibition will explore the origins of farming at Holkham and will demonstrate how modern day technology is embraced by a traditional estate.

It will include audio visual exhibits and film to tell the complex and interwoven stories of crop production, gamekeeping and conservation and to explain how food is produced from field to fork.

Holkham Hall is open March 20–October 31, 12-4pm on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. The Walled Garden, Farming Exhibition, Children’s Woodland Adventure Play Area, Courtyard Café and Gift Shop opens from March 20–October 31, every day 10am-5pm, Prices for the Hall, Farming Exhibition and Walled Garden: Adult: £15, child (5-16 years inc) £7.50; Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children 5-16 years inc): £41. Farming exhibition and Walled Garden Adult £8, child £4.

Discounted tickets can be purchased online.