Meet the Experts

A classic view of the ’perfect’ country house in the early morning © Andrew Butler

A classic view of the ’perfect’ country house in the early morning

Meet the Experts at Belton House
This year we’re hosting a range of range of walk, talks, debates and lectures, all with a focus on Design. For more information and booking details please visit our events page

29 April: Lighting Up Time.
Hear Lisa White, Chair of the National Trust Arts Panel, talk on the aesthetics and intricacies of historic lighting schemes.

30 April: Hallmarking of Precious Metals
Join Robert Organ and David Merry of the Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office, to learn more about the process of hallmarking and its role in the detection of fakes.

13 May: Roof with a View
A very special chance to discover more about the historic design of the gardens and landscape of Belton House from a great vantage point. With our Head Gardener and Head Warden.

21 May: The Great Boudoir Debate
Conserve, preserve or restore? Join Andrew Barber, National Trust curator and James Finlay, Advisor on historic interior decoration, for a philosophical debate on how the Boudoir should be presented in the future.

29 May: Belton Gardens by Design
Join our Head Gardener, Jon Lawrence, for a walking tour and a glimpse into the changing fashions of horticultural design. Discover how Belton’s gardens have changed over time.

10 June: Close up on the Lapis Lazuli Cabinet
Let specialist Robin Merrifield open your eyes to the skill of furniture conservation, focusing on Belton's treasured Lapis Lazuli cabinet.

14 June: Upstairs Downstairs Tour
A look at life as a servant in the big house, from the working areas below stairs to service in the family rooms and attic accommodation.

22 June: Natural by Design
Join Belton’s Head Warden, Chris Shaw, for a park walk with a difference. Uncover the intriguing design secrets of this ‘natural’ landscape.

26 June: Belton Gardens by Design
Another chance to join our Head Gardener, Jon Lawrence, for a walking tour and a glimpse into the changing fashions of horticultural design. Discover how Belton’s gardens have changed over time.

9 July: Trees in a Designed Landscape
Meet Phil Scott, the Trust’s woodland advisor, for a presentation and walk to discover more about Belton’s trees and the difficult decisions we face when caring for our planted landscapes.

16 September: William Emes and Landscape Design
Join Chris Gallagher, landscape specialist, for this illumination talk on William Emes, his work at Belton, Erddig and Wimpole.

23 September: The Country House: History and Design
An opportunity to hear Dr David Bostwick, Historic Buildings Consultant, talk through the birth and development of the country house up to the building of Belton


Take a look at our Events page if you're interested in finding out about ticket prices and times of talks. You can pick up tickets from our Estate Office or we can post them out to you. Please call us on 01476 566116