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New Film Release: Music in Country Houses

Country houses were the ideal homes of the 19th century, where immaculate good taste, education, and connoisseurship were reflected in the art, design and music displayed there. Tatton Park was no exception, find out here…

New Film Release: An Invitation to Dance

In the 19th century dance was an important social skill for women of the gentry and nobility. From the Waltz to the Polka, the Quadrille to the Country Dance, learn more about dance at Tatton Park, and the dancing lessons of Charlotte Lucy Beatrix Egerton in the 1840’s.

New Film Release: Lessons at the Piano Forte

The second of our short films about music at Tatton Park throws light on the musical education of genteel young ladies in the first half of the 19th century. Discover the early musical training of amateur musician Charlotte Lucy Beatrix Egerton (1824-45) of Tatton Park, in ‘Lessons at the Piano Forte’.

New Film Release: Tatton Park - At Home with Music

See the first of four short films here, about the musical life of Tatton Park in the in the early to mid 19th century.

Tatton Park – At Home With Music

Revealed by ancient volumes....

Tatton Park Library description

The fusty shelves of an ancient library can be revelatory places when you are looking to discover the details and dynamics of past lives. » Read more

Work in progress

Alexandra and Albert Edward, Prince and Princess of Wales, 1887, Tatton Park Archive ©Tatton Park/Cheshire East Council/National Trust/Peter Spooner

Many of us have an ancestor who worked in domestic service or who laboured on a farm or estate. Tatton Park employed many people in this way but very little is known about them. » Read more

Filming at Tatton: Elizabeth Egerton and her music

Emma Bryant as Elizabeth Egerton and Penelope Cave as Miss Pitman in the Library at Tatton Park. Filming by Wash Media. ©Tatton Park-Cheshire East Council-National Trust-Caroline Schofield

Emma, Penelope and colleagues from Southampton University, had come to Tatton to create four short films based on the findings of research into Elizabeth Egerton’s music collection, which has resided in the Music Room since the early 1800’s, only to be re-discovered during an intensive AHRC funded doctoral research project called  “Music Collections, Music Rooms and Musical Practice in British Country Houses, 1780-1860”. » Read more

Unlocking the potential of Tatton's musical collection

Elizabeth Sykes, (Mrs Wilbraham Egerton), c. 1795

Realising the potential of Tatton Park’s fantastic musical manuscript collection » Read more

Discovering hidden technology at Tatton Park

Earlier this year, when Tatton was covered with a blanket of snow, Dr Ian West, an industrial archaeologist from the University of Leicester, explored the estate for the remains of early systems of technology. » Read more

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