Lord Anglesey's study
One of the most fascinating rooms at Plas Newydd will open to visitors for the very first time this year. Lord Anglesey’s study was a room in continual use throughout his lifetime and remains a wonderful representation of the man himself.
A well-used room
Henry Paget, the 7th Marquess of Anglesey, spent many hours in his study and we are incredibly lucky that the room is just as he left it. Even if it is rather cluttered, it is full of personality and shows his very distinctive way of working.
While we didn’t want to tidy up, we did want to know exactly what was here. So the conservation team have spent months documenting the contents of the study; recording descriptions of every item, their locations, and taking photographs of everything. Nothing was missed, even the paperclips.
Lord Anglesey’s work
The study is where the 7th Marquess researched and wrote much of his book on the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, ‘One Leg: The Life and Letters of Henry William Paget’. It’s also where he undertook his 8-volume history of the British Cavalry.
Sights, sounds…. and smells
We want visitors to experience the study just as the 7th Marquess left it. We hope to really add to the experience by playing Lord Anglesey’s favourite classical music and even adding some particular smells, such as his trademark cigar smoke so it will seem as if he has just left the room.