The Ballroom at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent. © National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

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Exhibitions and symposium: Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud and Childhood Now, 16 March to 16 June 2019

Compton Verney, 16 March to 16 June 2019 Symposium: 29 March 2019 (programme and booking here)   Painting Childhood is a celebration of children, childhood and innocence brings together some of the most iconic paintings, sketches and sculptures of children produced in the past 500 years. Featuring stunning portraits, amusing scenes and touching ‘fancy pictures’, the exhibition […]

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Ham House study day, and Lely at Middle Temple, by Lesley Whitelaw

The November visit to Ham House more than lived up to the very high standard of study days arranged by Understanding British Portraits. Once more the combination of excellent expert speakers covering a wide range of relevant topics, a superb venue and seamless organisation, made for a thoroughly fascinating and enjoyable day. I am very […]

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Conference: Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century

Strawberry Hill House, 15-16 February 2019 This international conference, hosted by St Mary’s University, Twickenham, National Trust, and Strawberry Hill House, complements the major exhibition of Horace Walpole collection, Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill. Masterpieces from Horace Walpole’s Collection. Walpole’s sexuality has been the object of speculation, historical enquiry and theoretical interest. In recent years, […]

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Call for Papers: Women & Power. Redressing the Balance

University of Oxford, deadline for abstracts: 29 October 2018 Throughout 2018 the National Trust is running a programme of public events, exhibitions and new interpretation to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time. National Trust is one […]

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‘The Twins’: Creating a Resource for Research, by Kate Noble and Lucy Shipp

In 2016 we were very fortunate to be awarded funding from the Understanding British Portraits Professional Partnership Fellowship to research The Twins by John Everett Millais and create a learning resource for young people. We hoped that our project would help to reveal more about the role of women in the Victorian age, whose stories have for many years only been told […]

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