Curator's choice: six must-sees at Dyrham Park

I have been the curator for Dyrham Park for a decade. Over that time we have made many improvements; developing the garden, adding to the collection, and, most importantly, replacing the leaking roof. We have also kept researching the history of the site and the house builder William Blathwayt. Though Dyrham is undoubtedly beautiful, with its dramatic parkland and elegant gardens, it is for me also a place with hidden depths and deeper meanings. My selection of must see places and objects offer unexpected perspectives. I hope their stories transport you into distant lands and time.

Rupert Goulding, Lead Curator, South West Region Rupert Goulding Lead Curator, South West Region
Detail of figures seated at a table in Hoogstraten's A View through a House

A View through a House, Samuel van Hoogstraten, 1662

Only a plain picture hung upon the wall? A pupil of Rembrandt, Hoogstraten was famed for paintings that deceived the eye with perspective.

A Still Life of Flowers and Fruit by Cornelis de Heem Dyrham Park

A still life of Flowers and Fruit, Cornelis de Heem, c.1685

The rich colours and subject matter in this painting provide a painted feast for the eyes with a moral message.


A Pair of Delft Plaques, 1665-1700

Enjoy a glimpse of a Dutch view of China in an English House.

The Avenue at Dyrham Park

The Grand Avenue

Inspiration from the past - a garden for today.

The greenhouse at Dyrham Park

The Greenhouse

“I think, one of the most beautiful and commodious Piles for its Purpose, I ever saw” Stephen Switzer, 1718

Conservation in Dyrham house walnut stairs

Old Staircase

English stairs, French design, American timber