'Discover More' talks

Visit the Belton Old School on Monday 10 October for two talks about what makes Belton special and how it is looked after, delivered by members of the Belton team.

Belton Old School Sign

Call 01476 566116 ext 114 to book your places for one or both of the afternoon’s talks.

Entry is free, but suggested donations of £2 per person will be gratefully received and put towards the upkeep of the building.

Both talks take place adjacent to each other, on Monday 10 October 2016. You can book your places for one or both talks.

2pm: Alec Gordon - General Manager, Lincolnshire

Belton House is one of the most popular places looked after by the National Trust, and is many things to many people.

This illustrated talk shows just how much there is to Belton.

4pm: Catherine Granger – House and Collections Manager

Discover more about the nine   agents of deterioration and the important work done to preserve Belton and it's historic collection.

There will be a 45 minute interval between talks, where tea and coffee refreshments will be available for a small donation.

Find out more about our two speakers by browsing through their biographies.

Alec Gordon:

Alec Gordon comes from a military family of several generations of soldiers.    It was of some interest to his forbearers when he chose, instead, to join the Royal Air Force.  Commissioned at the age of 19,  he served firstly in the Fighter Control Branch and then for many years in the Administrative Branch both in the UK and on overseas tours in Germany, Gibraltar, Ascension Island and Belgium.

In 1998 Alec took early retirement as a Wing Commander and worked for nine years as an Area Manager for the National Trust for Scotland.  He came to the National Trust in 2008 and is the General Manager for Lincolnshire.  Alec received his education at the Swanage Grammar School, the Open University and the NATO Defence College in Rome.  His interests are hill walking, poetry, classic cars, politics and Labrador Retrievers.    He is married to Rika, who is Japanese and has two grown up children from a previous marriage.

Catherine Granger:

I came to work at Belton just after the May bank holiday in 1997.  I was employed as “Senior Housekeeping Assistant” alongside two Housekeeping Assistants and we were all managed by a House Manager. This house was my first experience of working for the National Trust and I very quickly found my feet, it is hard to believe that about two years after I started we reached the dizzy heights of 120,000 people TO THE PROPERTY!!  These days the house alone attracts in excess of 100,000 and the property over 450,000.

My role changed to that of “House Steward” fairly soon after the arrival of a new House and Collections Manager and from that point, with some encouragement, I studied for an MA in Museum Studies.  When the post of House and Collections Manager fell vacant this enabled me to apply for the post and here I am today.  The best part of my job is knowing that the decisions I make today will help to care for this house and the collections for years into the future and well after I am gone.