Unearthing Hidcote

The first exhibition in the chapel

Unearthing Hidcote is a brand new exhibition series launching in 2018. The previously closed doors to the chapel will be open inviting visitors to engage with lesser known stories of Hidcote.

It is widely known that it was Lawrence’s mother Gertrude who purchased Hidcote and allowed her son the funds to create his outstanding vision. But did you know that his friend Lady Sibyl Colefax, of Colefax and Fowler, ensured that the National Trust agreed to take on Hidcote and that Lawrence signed over the deeds? With famous names in the world of horticulture such as Norah Lindsay and Vita Sackville-West, this first exhibition explores six people who played a part on Lawrence Johnston’s life and his time at Hidcote.


Rose Futers, Visitor Welcome and Membership Manager ‘2018 marks 70 years since the National Trust took on Hidcote and 60 years since Lawrence Johnston passed away, so it seemed fitting to start to tell both his story and ours from the beginning. Looking at Lawrence’s life, it became clear that he was surrounded by some very influential, independent women who were family, friends or peers.’


And not only that, our designers at 51 Studio have used natural, recyclable and reusable materials to create a display that is both in keeping with the ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement that is echoed in Johnston’s designs, as well as being innovative and modern.


The doors to the chapel will be open for our 2018 season. Booking is not required for this exhibition. On occasion the chapel is used for meetings and weddings so access during these times may be limited. Please check our website and social media for updates on this.