Women and Power at Ham House: Duchess, Daughter, Socialite, Spy?

Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart, later Duchess of Lauderdale (1626-1698) by Sir Peter Lely

Over the summer and autumn, explore Ham House to discover the remarkable life of Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, as the National Trust celebrates women and power in 2018. To celebrate the anniversary of female suffrage, Ham House will shine a light on our very own powerful woman in this property-wide display; Duchess, Daughter, Socialite, Spy?

Display begins Friday 13th July - Friday 19 October 

Elizabeth Murray was a remarkable woman for her time. This year Ham House will explore her public and private life through a special display.

This display is part of the National Trusts wider 'Women and Power' programming, commemorating 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act. This act allowed most women and all men to vote in the UK. 

There will be special objects on display highlighting the interesting life of the Duchess.

Discover how Elizabeth helped restore the monarchy, became a leader in current fashions and a prominant member of the royal court. 

There will be a self-led guide for visitors to explore the house and garden as well as interactive dispays.

For families there will be a children's trail and craft activites, to help younger visitors learn about the improtant role of powerful women in our country's history.