A taste of India

Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India and his daughter Indira

Blickling tells a new story this year as we turn up the volume on the estate's connection to India's independence.  We'll be taking visitors back in time to July 1938 and a country house party where among the guests you'll find the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter, Indira.

" At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance."
- Jawaharlal Nehru

"Tryst with Destiny" was a speech delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on the eve of India's independence in August 1947.  To mark the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Indian Independence Act, this year we're exploring the story of Lord Lothian's short but powerful connection to India's history.

The last private owner of Blickling Estate, Philip Henry Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian, was a British politician, diplomat and newspaper editor.  He became the Under-Secretary of State for India in 1931 and his interest in the independence movement remained until his death nine years later.

He first visited India in 1912, and as a delegate of the Round Table Conference during which the 'India question' was discussed, he met Mahatma Ghandi.

This year we'll be taking visitors back in time to July 1938 and a country house party.  You'll hear some interesting views about the thinking of the time expressed by Lord Lothian and his influential contemporaries.

There are new props in the house, themed food in the cafes, new costumed interpretation featuring 'The Jewel in the Crown' and planting in the garden to reflect the national flag of India.

The house is open 7 days a week from 6 March to 29 October.