A Different World : Historic House Reveals Glimpse of Aristocratic Lives Abroad in New Exhibition

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Sketch of a globe in between 2 of the paintings in the exhibition

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Most exciting of the changes being made this year is the creation of a brand new exhibition room and its transformation into A Different World - an exploration of the adventures of the travelling Chichester family in the 19th Century. With never-before displayed archive material featuring sketches by the globe-trotting military officer Sir Charles and his wife Mary Barbara and diary entries and emotional letters between them and their children half a world away, this year there is something new for everyone to discover.

A life of excitement, tragedy, adventure and affluence is told almost entirely through the words of this extraordinary couple, whose travels took them across Europe, the Mediterranean, the West Indies and North America. These long voyages saw the family cross the Atlantic frequently in the days when steam ships were still a new innovation, when colonialism was at its height and when a simple train journey from London to Hull could take 19 hours! From the earliest days of their courtship, through early married life apart as Charles built his career in the British military, to the couple's terrible parting in Toronto, this exhibition explores their lives together.

Letters to Charles and Mary Barbara's eldest sons, 4000 miles away at their school in northern England, portray the stark differences between the worlds that each were experiencing - but also show the strength of the bond of love and long-distance parenting that prevailed even when the world was a much bigger place! Of the couple's eleven children, only five survived to adulthood - many were born overseas in Trinidad, Toronto - and even onboard a troop ship! This exhibition reveals the way the couple coped with the hardships they faced, as well as reveling in the high life of parties and picnics they explored in all the countries in which they lived.

Come to explore this different world with us - and in reading the words of a bygone age yourself, draw your own conclusions about that world and the people who lived there....

The exhibition opens at Burton Constable on 9th April and continues until 18th December.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

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  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Pushchairs available

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

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  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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      Burton Constable Hall and Gardens, Sproatley, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN
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      Season (18 Dec 2022)

      * N.B. THE STABLES & GROUNDS ARE OPEN DAILY BUT THE HALL HAS DIFFERENT OPENING TIMES - PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU VISIT FOR ALL DETAILED OPENING INFORMATION
      OPENING TIMES 2020

      Burton Constable Grounds, Stables, Gift Shop and Stables Kitchen
      1st January to 31st December
      Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
      Open New Year’s Day
      Open daily 10am to 4pm
      5pm British Summer Time
      Admission to the Stables Kitchen & Gift Shop is free, normal admission charges apply for the Stables & Grounds

      Burton Constable Hall
      Christmas Opening - 21st November to 20th December
      Open daily 11am to 4pm
      Last admission 1 hour before closing





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