Creating a Legacy

The North Front at Belton House, a restoration country house built 1685-88

In 2018 we’ll tell the stories of four creative Belton women: Sophia Cust (1811-1882), Marian Alford (1817-1888), Florence Woolward (1854-1936) and Nina Cust (1867-1955).

By focusing on their creative output, from watercolour and embroidery to botanical illustration and sculpture, we’ll show how their talent and intellect made a mark on the history of Belton. Visitors will learn about these women on self-led trails and see their work presented throughout the house and gardens.

Supporting our Creative Women programme will be a range of opportunities for visitors to express their artistic side with Paint the Garden, Sketch Sundays, artist-led watercolour days and ranger-led photography walks.

There will be an exhibition in the mansion by Grantham Embroiderer's Guild whose work has been inspired by Marion Alford, and a seasonal orchid display in association with the Orchid Society.

We will also be welcoming Bouke de Vries’ 'War and Pieces' to the Hondecoeter Dining Room from March to late August. Through interpretation, we’ll reflect on the impact of war and look at the changing role of nursing in the context of the Belton Park Hospital.

Upcoming events

Below Stairs Tours

Thu 22 Feb 2018
Go below stairs in the mansion to discover what it was like for servants living and working at Belton House.

Button Bucks Club

Thu 01 Mar 2018
Bring your toddler along to enjoy stories, rhymes and crafts in the Discovery Centre on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Behind the spine library tour

Thu 01 Mar 2018
Discover the history of Belton's books and go behind the scenes on a special tour with Belton's book conservation team.

Behind the door tour

Sat 10 Mar 2018
Go behind the scenes on this special tour to explore the lesser seen parts of the Mansion.

Pony Rides on the Oval

Sun 11 Mar 2018
Meet the ponies at the front of the mansion and enjoy a ride on the oval.

Toolbox Talks

Thu 15 Mar 2018
Find out what the project team have been up to on the renovation of Belton's 17th century Grade I listed stable block.