Lecture: Flights of Fancy: Stuffed Birds as Interior Decoration in the English Country House

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Tim Knox, the director of Sir John Soane's Museum in London, describes the craze for stuffed birds as interior decoration, from its origins in the 18th century to its sad decline at the end of the Victorian era. Lavishly illustrated with astonishing -and often absurd- examples from country houses all over Great Britain, he discusses the collectors and agents who assembled these large collections. Such taxidermical excesses were largely curbed in the 20th century in response to growing public condemnation. Nowadays, however, taxidermy is beginning to make a comeback and there is an increasing awareness of the contribution it makes to the atmosphere of many country houses.

This lecture will take place in the home of George Carter, one of the UK's leading garden designers. The lecture will take advantage of the impressive conversion George has designed, turning his barn into a glorious large hall. The evening also provides an opportunity to enjoy George magnificent garden with its strong architectural George's and contrasting architectural forms with the clipped foliage of trees and shrubs.

Venue details

Silverstone Farm
Gateley Norfolk Norfolk NR20 5EX