Creating a Legacy
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.