Viscount and Viscountess Coke have opened Holkham hall’s 2015 exhibition, “Behind Closed Doors: A Year in the Life of a Working Estate”.
They were joined by renowned Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins who was given unrestricted access to their home and the Holkham Estate to create a collection of stunning and intimate photographs, that portray the reality of living and working on a 21st century estate.
The photographic exhibition portrays aspects of the estate that are rarely visible to visitors; a glimpse into a world that is both familiar and extraordinary, portraying how a young family, over 250 employees and 21 different businesses live and work together in one of England’s most beautiful landscapes.
Viscount Coke commented on the photographic documentation of his family and the estate saying, “We are essentially a very private family, so it was a big step to invite someone in to be a part of life at Holkham for 12 months”.
He continued, “Holkham in this generation is a fascinating mix of business interests and custodian responsibilities which we feel Chris’ photographs have really captured the spirit of. We have a big responsibility to conserve the many aspects of the estate from conservation of wildlife and landscapes to caring for great works of art and historic furniture and furnishings.
“This can only be achieved through teamwork and we are fortunate to have such excellent teams looking after everything at Holkham.
“We hope this new exhibition will provide a real insight into the life of our estate and the people behind it.”
Over one year Chris Steele-Perkins captured the full range of life on the Holkham Estate in his unique, behind-the-scenes, photographic style. The images are also the subject of his tenth book, entitled ‘A Place in the Country’.
Mr Steele-Perkins said, “Holkham’s unique mix of past and present, alongside the fact that the Hall is a lived-in family home really interested me.”
“An estate is more than an old house, it is a farm, a business, an eco-system, a community, a venue, a confluence of history – a world in microcosm which is what this exhibition on Holkham represents.”
The exhibition runs until the October 31.
For admission prices and times etc go to http://www.holkham.co.uk/