Conservation in action
Our original wallhangings from the Queen's apartments were in a sorry state. Read our article so you can find out about the conservation work needed to bring them back to their former glory.
Titian's ghosts by Stephen Farthing
Whilst our original paintings undergo conservation work, artist and Royal Academician Stephen Farthing has created some artwork specially for the Great Staircase at Ham. The paintings will be on display in the house.
Pumpkins on tap at Ham
As well as using our pumpkins from the kitchen garden in our café, we have also been using it to make beer.
This year, we partnered with a local microbrewery to turn Ham's pumpkins into a seasonal spiced ale.
Much of our work here at Ham involves local community groups.
heritage2health works with students and staff in health and social care. They link people of different ages and with diverse needs to plan and host events in heritage spaces. We had a great day here, with activities out in the garden, as well as a sing-along on a milk float.
The Russell School
We also work with this local school in a partnership to promote healthy living, an understanding of the local environment and a love of the outdoors with children aged 7 to 8 and their parents.
Supported by our staff and volunteers, the children have had the opportunity to visit and look after the garden every month.
Parkour meets the 17th century...
We've also worked with the local community to create an award winning parkour film. Ham Youth Group performed, filmed and edited the film and GCSE pupils from Grey Court School wrote the music. The film won first prize at the 2012 London Youth Flipside Film Festival in the age 10-14 category.
Watch the film to see how our 17th century gardens were used for this project.