Travel the world within a single house
Did you know the collection at Saltram is better travelled than most people? The new pop-up exhibition ‘Destination: Saltram’ lets you explore the world through some of our best and most cosmopolitan items.
Prepare to be wowed by a nearly three-hundred year old vase from the misty Japanese mountains, tales of heroism and tragedy from Ancient Greece and risqué painted mirrors imported from far-away China. Did you know that Saltram’s portrait of John Parker III, the 1st Earl, is painted by American portraitist, Gilbert Stuart, famous for painting the image of George Washington on the one-dollar bill?
Objects from the collection will navigate your tour of the house. Items on display include a volume of prints by David Roberts, a Victorian artist famed for his depictions of Ancient Egyptian ruins. Queen Victoria was a fan, perhaps that’s why Saltram has a copy. Edmund Parker, 2nd Earl, was Lord in Waiting to Her Majesty.
" Destination: Saltram showcases our international collections, it highlights the beautiful and exotic items collected by several generations of the Parker family and will delight families today"
The Parkers were a well-travelled family who loved to write about and document their trips. Montagu Parker, 5th Earl of Morley, also known as Monty was a keen amateur photographer who spent a lot of time travelling and photographing the places he visited. Saltram has several volumes of Monty’s work which are not usually on display. This is a fantastic opportunity to see something rarely on display.
There’s barely a chance to sit down with a range of Destination games and activities. Plot your very own adventures on an interactive map and choose your destiny as you ascend the main stair and decide your fate as an Ancient Greek god. Strike a pose as a pharaoh in the Egyptian photo-booth, selfie stick at the ready. There’s plenty on offer for mini explorers with the Destination reveal trail. Postcards around the house and objects in the garden have secret messages to uncover.
Destination: Saltram will be open every day from May 7th until the end of June.