My job as a curator is incredibly varied. I provide advice related to collections, buildings, gardens and parkland, but I find myself involved almost anywhere. Perhaps part of a team developing event programmes, researching building repairs, improving the cafe or planning gardener’s facilities. My role is about the long-term care, conservation and use of Montacute, but also about how to share it with you.
The buildings and collections are full of things for the curious. These few are just tasters, which I hope will tell you something about the spirit of Montacute House.
Montacute’s gallery may have been one of the last examples built of this ‘must have’ feature of great Elizabethan houses, it is also the longest which survives.
When he bought a single sampler, Douglas Goodhart had no idea that he was beginning 30 years of work which would create a collection of international significance.
There are many beautiful objects at Montacute House. This one is special because of a very generous volunteer.
Edward Phelips V and his wife Maria, bought an entire corridor from another local house, which transformed both the appearance and use of Montacute.
Looking at this picture, I can’t help but wonder about the man whose ambition led to the magnificent and beautiful building in which his likeness still hangs.
Architecturally daring, a powerful statement from a family with political ambitions, Montacute is one of England’s most glorious Elizabethan mansions.