The accomplished Mrs Boscawen at Hatchlands Park
In 2018, we're celebrating the life and achievements of Frances Boscawen, Fanny to her friends, and the first ‘Lady of the House’. Fanny was a founding member of the Bluestocking Society, notable for giving women a public voice and cultural standing in a time where to be an educated woman was frowned upon. Throughout the year we’re embarking on a series of events, from cinema screenings to salon discussions, at the home of this remarkable pioneer.
From Tuesday 5 June, whenever our house is open, you’ll be able to visit the house and read Fanny's story set against the backdrop of our tenant’s collections.
Discover works of art by, or featuring, some of Fanny’s friends and contemporaries. Read about her upbringing, uncover her influence on the popularity of Robert Adam and her role within the Bluestocking Society. Listen to a recording of her protégé Hannah More’s celebration of the bluestockings, ‘The Bas Bleu’. Share in Fanny's grief over the death of her beloved husband with a video installation created in partnership with the University of Brighton. Find yourself thrust into a representation of a Bluestocking salon, as created by our fantastic heritage volunteers from The Arts Society.
Why not take a stroll along the walk that Fanny designed and wrote about. Take in some quotes from those letters and take a moment to relax in our recreation of her tea house.
" I look upon it as a fortunate omen to begin my New Year in Mrs. Boscawen’s company. She is in her conversation everything that can make the hours pass agreeably. I must be happier, and I should be better for her friendship."