Curator's choice: six must-sees at Kingston Lacy

All National Trust curators will say the places they help to care for are special. But Kingston Lacy really does stand out. Protected and preserved by generations of the Bankes family, the estate was gifted to the National Trust in 1981 almost entirely intact. The richness, diversity and completeness of the collections and cultural assets make Kingston Lacy unique. So whether you are an art lover, a rambler, a budding Egyptologist, or someone who just wants to slow down, draw breath and notice the plants and animals around you, Kingston Lacy has something to share with you. Here are a few of my ‘must sees’ that you might be interested to experience on your visits.

Dr Kate Bethune, Curator at Kingston Lacy Estate, Purbeck & Studland Dr Kate Bethune Curator at Kingston Lacy Estate, Purbeck & Studland
The paintings in the Spanish Room at Kingston Lacy

The Spanish Room at Kingston Lacy

The Spanish Room (formerly the Golden Room) is arguably the greatest achievement of William John Bankes (1787-1855), who inherited Kingston Lacy in 1834.

Omnia Vanitas after cleaning and relining.

Omnia Vanitas – could it be by Titian?

A painting acquired by William John Bankes, soon to be returning to the house at Kingston Lacy.

The interior of the Vizagapatam cabinet at Kingston Lacy

The Vizagapatam cabinet

An ivory inlaid jewel in Kingston Lacy’s crown

The Philae obelisk at Kingston Lacy in Dorset

The Philae Obelisk

Kingston Lacy’s contribution to the race to decipher hieroglyphs

The herd of Ruby Red Devons at Kingston Lacy

The Ruby Red Devons

Kingston Lacy’s special herd who help look after the estate.

Visitors at the Badbury Rings at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Badbury Rings

Where ancient ringed archaeology whispers of an Iron Age past