Women and Power at Berrington
The National Trust’s national theme for this year is ‘Women and Power’. This is to commemorate 100 years since women (although only specific women) were given the vote. We wanted to celebrate this also, but in our own unique way that focuses on our Georgian origins.
At Berrington we wanted to support and celebrate this campaign for ourselves. We decided that rather than reflect on the twentieth century women of Berrington, we would enlighten our visitors about Berrington’s female predecessors from the Georgian period.
From May onwards you will be able to visit the mansion and uncover the stories of the life, love and loss of its women both upstairs and downstairs.
One of Berrington’s main women who we are going to focus on is Ann Bangham, the wife of Berrington’s creator, Thomas Harley. For the first time our visitors will be able to experience an exquisite interpretation of Ann’s original eighteenth century Court Mantua dress in the new exhibition, 'A dress fit for a King'.
You can discover more about Ann Bangham and her life at Berrington in the article attached below.
Alongside this we’re also working with local artist, Lorna Brown to redress the balance of stories at Berrington. She has designed and created a brand new installation for Berrington based on this theme, 'Eye am She'.
Lorna will be displaying how research has indicated that Berrington would have been a time of reflection for Ann. She hopes to discuss that by creating a room of reflection.
She has stated that, ‘I plan to entertain a hypothetical narrative that gives cause for consideration of the choices that women have today as opposed to then, and the relatable subject of the sacrifices that we make in life’.
Through her work Lorna will be revealing the hidden feminine aspects threaded throughout the mansion and how they are intertwined and integral to the masculine successes at Berrington. This will be an entirely fresh perspective on Berrington’s past and the women that lived here.
So why not come and visit us in May? With the aim to show you Berrington in a new light and uncover stories of the women who have been forgotten, we hope you will discover something new this year.