Exhibition: Beyond the Dragon - Maggie's Asian Treasures

When Margaret Greville died in 1942, she left not only Polesden Lacey to the National Trust, but also her London home as well as their contents. A collection of over 9,000 items is now housed at Polesden Lacey.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

In our new exhibition, we will be throwing a spotlight on 25 of the vivid Asian pieces in Maggie's collection, from books to ceramics to furniture.

Experiences and Conservation Manager Jonathan Marsh chose the pieces in conjunction with the National Trust's ceramic advisor & Polesden Lacey's curator from the 180 pieces of Asian art in our collection. The chosen pieces show a range of materials and designs, as well as the wonderfully vibrant colours associated with this incredible continent.'

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Polesden Lacey

Prices

House and Gardens
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.00 £13.60
Child £7.60 £6.80
Family £38.00 £34.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £12.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

We now charge a single entry price for House and Garden admission. National Trust members and under 5s go free.

£1 restaurant voucher if arriving by public transport (present valid ticket at visitor reception). 

Parking for non-members: £2 up to and including 2 hours, £5 all day. 

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Beyond the dragon: Maggie's Asian treasures is running as part of our Adventures in Asia programme, exploring Maggie's travels around the continent.
What to bring and wear
Alongside our exhibition we will also be highlighting other Asian pieces in our collection throughout the house, so look out for them as you explore the rooms.
Other
Here is a preview of just a few of our favourite pieces that will feature in this colourful exhibition. Dogs of Fo - These 'dogs' are actually Chinese dragons, said to guard against evil spirits and demons. Dogs of Fo are popular in Chinese and Buddhist art, and this particular dog is only one of the 18 in our collection. See if you can spot the others as you're exploring the house. Porcelain cricket cage incense burner. This unusual ornament was made in Hizen, Japan and features gourds hanging on a beehive shaped cage. It was given to Maggie by Queen Mary as a Christmas gift in 1920, along with a note that said 'this may amuse you!' Japanese art books. These books are somewhat mysterious, as we don't yet know a lot about them, apart from the fact that they probably date from the nineteenth century. They are incredibly delicate and feature stunning and rich prints on linen pages. The exhibition will be the very first time these books are on display to the public.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
22 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
23 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
24 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
25 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
26 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
27 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
28 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
29 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
30 June 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
1 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
2 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
3 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
4 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
5 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
6 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
7 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
8 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
9 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
10 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available
11 July 2018 12:30 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Polesden Lacey
Email
polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01372 452048

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12:30-16:00
When Margaret Greville died in 1942, she left not only Polesden Lacey to the National Trust, but also her London home as well as their contents. A collection of over 9,000 items is now housed at Polesden Lacey.

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