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Discover artefacts and hidden treasures this spring © 939666/John Hammond

Discover artefacts and hidden treasures this spring

It’s the season of new beginnings: here are some of the highlights of new stories and exhibitions this spring.

Anniversary celebrations

Sudbury Hall, in Derbyshire, is celebrating 40 years since its museum of childhood opened, with a display of objects that were first collected back in 1974 – will you recognise any of the toys and games from your childhood?

It’s 100 years since Tattershall Castle’s restoration: discover the Lincolnshire castle’s past through untold tales and artefacts uncovered during the excavation of the moat.

What’s behind that door?

See more at Calke Abbey, in Derbyshire, as two rooms, originally thought to be a study and most recently office space, are open to the public for the first time this year.

You can also extend your visit at Packwood House, in Warwickshire, this year as the ropes are removed from the doors of Queen Mary’s room and bathroom for the very first time.

Head to the rarely opened garden parlour at Moseley Old Hall, in Staffordshire, to learn more from the conservation team about the collections and how they are cared for.

Brockhampton Estate, in Herefordshire, has an expert dendrochronologist and building archaeologist working together to reveal the origins of the medieval manor house. You can have a sneak peek at select rooms as preparations are made and discover more from mid-July when a further six rooms are opened as part of the Brockhampton Revealed project.

It’s all about the fashion

Are you a dedicated follower of fashion? Head to Herefordshire for 'A Thousand Fancies' celebration of Georgian fashion at Berrington Hall. Until 30 June see costumes used in the film The Duchess and dress up as a gorgeous Georgian yourself.

Paupers, Petticoats and Pinafores opens on 2 April at The Workhouse, in Nottinghamshire, focusing on the design and construction of recently introduced replica female pauper costumes, as worn in Southwell Workhouse in the 1840s.

Previously undiscovered collections

The team at Mr Straw’s House, Nottinghamshire, have been rummaging through drawers and under the beds and have discovered hidden treasures. Learn more about this ordinary house and extraordinary home, and the family that lived here.

Looking back over the years

Learn more about the Derings at Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire: new stories will be revealed through excerpts from the family’s diaries and books.

Nottinghamshire’s Clumber Park is stepping back in time with a look at how land was managed in the 19th and 20th centuries: explore the Willow Tree Farm exhibition of local farming implements and share stories of life at Hardwick Village every Wednesday at Hardwick Grange Farm.

Coughton Court, in Warwickshire, will this year be looking at the roles it has played in various conflicts. Journey round the house discovering these stories and an exhibition about Coughton’s connection with the gunpowder plot.

Hardwick Hall, in Derbyshire, invites you to discover more about its master mason, Robert Smythson, and the craftsmen who built Hardwick, a story that has never been told before. Get a new perspective on the estate as you explore new viewing points around the hall.