Behind the scenes tours and lectures at Hughenden

A volunteer cleans a picture at Hughenden, a national trust property in Buckinghamshire

A visit to Hughenden this winter is full of opportunities to explore and gain new knowledge about the historic manor.

With behind the scenes tours and a lecture series, there’s plenty of ways to inspire your mind this January.

Behind the scenes tour *fully booked*

All available spaces have now been booked. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

Explore the hidden corners of the manor on a behind the scenes tour this January. A member of the house team will show you around, allowing you to see our conservation work in action and giving you a sneak peek at areas usually out of bounds to visitors.

January is when the staff are getting busy with their winter deep clean. Whilst wandering the manor, you will learn and witness first-hand the extensive cleaning that is carried out, from polishing metal work to waxing the floors. You will also receive insight into the salvage work carried out by the Hughenden team over 2015, after Disraeli’s library was the victim of severe water damage.

Explore the collections room and see a (now disused) bathroom that’s quite unlike any other with its peculiar paintwork.

Unusual paintwork adorns a secret bathroom at Hughenden
Unusual paintwork adorns a secret bathroom at Hughenden

Behind the Scenes sessions will be running on the 14, 21 and 28 January and the 4 of February, from 11.00-11.45am.

Tours are by booking only, £4 a ticket. Please call 01494 755573 for booking and more information. Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.

We are sorry to say that the tour is not wheelchair friendly. The tour is taken over different floors of the house and includes a number of flights of stairs.

Wednesday Lectures

Liven up your Wednesday afternoons in January by popping along to one of our free lectures.

Every Wednesday from the 13 January to 10 February, Hughenden will be hosting a series of lectures on a variety of topics. Topics for this year include “Salvaging Hughenden’s historic library” and “Disraeli: hero of the music hall”.

The 2016 series will also see some guest lecturers. Michael Diamond will be in on the 20 January to give a lecture entitled “Disraeli: hero of the music hall”. Catherine Griggs, the Collections & Interpretation Officer at Wycombe Museum will be making an appearance on the 10 February and will be explaining “A history of Wycombe in 10 objects”. 

Lectures start at 14.00pm and finish approximately 15.00pm. Booking is not required. If you have access requirements, please contact the Hughenden estate office on 01494 755573 ahead of time. The lectures are a free event though normal admission charges apply.

Refreshments will be available to purchase.

" It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man"
- Benjamin Disraeli

Topics and dates are as follows:

Wednesday 13 January - 'Salvaging Hughenden's historic library' by Dawn Thiel, Conservation and Learning Assistant at Hughenden .

Wednesday 20 January - 'Disraeli; hero of the music halls' by Michael Diamond

Wednesday 27 January - 'The Arctic expedition' by Charlotte Russell, Conservation Assistant at Hughenden

Wednesday 3 February - 'Gothic architecture at Hughenden' by Fran Penny, House Manager at Hughenden

Wednesday 10 February - 'Wycombe in 10 objects' by Catherine Griggs, Collections and Interpretation Officer at Wycombe Museum