Cabinet Secrets at Ham House

Oak and cedar cabinet with ivory veneer, Ham House

Between 18-26 September 2021 you will have the rare opportunity to see inside our exquisite collection of seventeenth century cabinets. Behind the closed doors and drawers of these intriguing objects lies beautiful artwork and craftsmanship that usually remains hidden from view.

Marvel at the intricate details of our cabinets for 9 days only. Most of these cabinets are more than 350 years old, and they must normally be kept closed to protect the fragile interiors from deteriorating due to the effects of light, dust, and physical damage. 

For this week only in 2021, we will open up some of the most spectacular cabinets in our collection. We also use this time to clean and protect the precious interiors, so visitors may also be able to witness conservation in action and talk to our knowledgeable conservation team about what it takes to care for our extraordinary collection.

Highlights include a very rare ivory cabinet in the North Drawing room, a number of Japanese lacquer cabinets, and a floral marquetry cabinet in the Long Gallery made by Dutch master craftsman Gerrit Jensen.

Please note that the house will be open 12-4pm Wednesday to Sunday, with last entry at 3.30pm.

The inside of one of the Japanese cabinets from the Green Closet
The inside of one of the Japanese cabinets from the Green Closet
The inside of one of the Japanese cabinets from the Green Closet
Lacquered wood cabinet iunlaid with mother of pearl, Ham House

About the cabinets at Ham

Learn about the cabinet collection at Ham House, available to view throughout Cabinet secrets.