Lauren Milsom

Programming Manager, Polesden Lacey

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Lauren Milsom - Programming Manager

As Programming Manager I am the creative lead on the events and programming for Polesden Lacey and I think it’s one of the best jobs in the world! Polesden Lacey has a rich and vivid past and we’ve so many exciting developments ahead as we embark on the Unlocking Polesden project. It's my privilege to find new ways to share all Polesden’s stories with our visitors.

A lady in Edwardian costume types at a computer
With over 300,000 visitors a year, we are a busy property and I aim to supply a varied programme for our visitors of all ages. We like to keep all our events and themes in keeping with the elegance of Mrs Greville's country residence and where possible inject a touch of humour and fun.  This was a party house after all! 
 
One of the things I enjoy most about my job is writing children’s trails that tell an exciting story and spark the imagination. I’m proud to say that in 2014 Polesden won an award for our Halloween trail called ‘Cautionary tales for children’, which was just so much fun to create.
 
A tasty treat at Halloween
A toy lion in a bush with a leg in its mouth
 
These days we have families returning year after year. The sounds of excited laughter around the grounds is hugely rewarding for me, especially knowing we are building happy childhood memories in one of our country's most special places.
 
From September 2016 the house and grounds will be open 363 days a year and our visitors will find something new on offer each season with our rolling programme of themes, each exploring different aspects of the fascinating lifes and times of Mrs Greville and the people around her.
 
 
You'll never believe what I heard!
Two women in white powdered wigs gossip over their fans
 
I’m so excited to be working with the house team and, of course, with the wider property teams on the Unlocking Polesden project. As we’re investigating into the unseen spaces that we’re planning to restore, we’re discovering so many fascinating stories that have been left untold for years. 
 
The next few years are an exciting time for Polesden and I can’t wait to bring more of our stories to life and engage with our visitors in fresh new ways. I hope you will join us on our journey and discover a new side to Polesden Lacey every time you come.