Visit the West Wing

May 2022 sees the next steps of the National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported Curtain Rises project reach completion with the reopening of the West Wing. Closed in the autumn of 2018, there has been conservation work to the building as well as the introduction of a new scheme to tell the stories of the flamboyant Delaval family.

Conservation work has included:

  • A new roof and six brand new chimneys
  • The introduction of a new, breathable interior paint scheme which will aid moisture release and improve conditions for the collections.
  • Installation of a new conservation-grade heating system to support collections management.
  • The introduction of a new accessible Collections Store, enabling visitors to get closer to some of the items in the Hall's care.

The re-hanging and presentation of key collection items and the installation of a scheme to tell some of the many stories of the Delaval family has also formed a large part of the Curtain Rises project.  The Delavals were larger than life - keen theatre goers, patrons and performers - and liked to surprise their guests.  Inspired by this passion for theatre both on and off stage the stories of the family, the collection and the Hall are presented using the structure of a play, with architect and playwright Sir John Vanbrugh's dramatic 'stage set' of a building as the backdrop.

Visitors will soon also be able to watch an introductory film with curator, Jo Moody, and interpretation designer, Imogen Cloët, exploring the presentation of the collection, the upper floors and the installations which tell the stories of the flamboyant Delavals.  It's available in the Kitchen Lobby on the Ground Floor. 

Download the Seaton Delaval Hall playbill (PDF / 0.7939453125MB) download