Treasures at Knole

PUBLISHED: 15:46 27 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 27 February 2016

A piece is prepared for the Great Store at Knole. Credit: National Trust Cecilia Devizia

A piece is prepared for the Great Store at Knole. Credit: National Trust Cecilia Devizia

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Visitors to Knole in Sevenoaks are in for a treat this spring as for the first time ever, many of its most impressive treasures will go on display together in the Great Hall

The impressive collection at Knole, which includes many precious paintings and historic pieces of furniture, has been moved into the Great Hall from showrooms all over the house. It will go on display from 5 March, in what will be known as the Great Store.

The Great Store will be part of Knole’s conservation work and will allow much-needed conservation of the showrooms interiors to take place. It will also offer visitors the chance to discover new gems that they may not have previously spotted in Knole’s vast collection.

For example, the ebony cabinet from the King’s Room is often overlooked amid the opulence of its surroundings.

It will now take pride of place in the Great Store and will be opened so people can see its beautiful interior decoration.

Hannah Kay, Knole’s general manager, says: “We’re very excited about presenting our collection in this way, especially as it will allow us to reveal some of the stories behind Knole’s most famous past residents.”

Items of interest include a painting of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, who was known for his reckless behaviour and strong claim to the English throne. He was beheaded by Henry VIII in 1547.

Sumptuous tables and torchères will also join the display, with their extraordinary carving and gilding thought to have originated from the Parisian workshop of Flemish cabinet maker, Pierre Gole in 1671 and then given to Charles Sackville by King Louis XIV.

The Great Store will team crucial conservation work with unprecedented public access to this treasured collection. Special behind-the-scenes tours and up-close sessions by expert curators will offer insight into the objects on display.

March is also an ideal month to visit your favourite National Trust property in Kent, with Mother’s Day (6 March) and the Easter weekend (25-28 March) providing the perfect excuse to get outdoors and drink in glorious views of the Kentish countryside.

There are seasonal treats in the tearooms too, along with spring flowers bursting into bloom and lots of Spring fun, including woodland walks, natural play areas, craft sessions, teas and family trails.

Follow an Easter Egg Hunt at dozens of places, including Chartwell, Ightham Mote, Scotney Castle and Knole to win a Cadbury prize.

Find out more

To find out more about the Great Store at Knole and seasonal events taking place at the National Trust in Kent and the South East, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast.

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