A Lost Paradise?

Ben Wigley combines photography with drawings and paintings

What represents Paradise to you? Where can you find it? How fragile is it?

A Lost Paradise?

‘A Lost Paradise?’ is a poetic, visual journey through Shugborough’s parkland, taking you back to the tumultuous night of the great flood of 1795 that destroyed Thomas Anson’s sublime vision of his perfect paradise.

Inspired by the Arcadian landscape conceived by Thomas Anson in the 18th century, once full of eclectic monuments and early Greek revival structures, ‘A Lost Paradise?’ aims to emotionally connect visitors with the story of their creation and then destruction by the great flood in 1795.

Ben Wigley

Ben Wigley is an artist and film-maker whose work explores the journeys people make in life. He is the founder of Artdocs, which spans platforms and audiences by exploring multi-layered, immersive journeys through experimental film, documentary, art and interpretation. 

Artist and filmmaker, Ben Wigley
Artist Ben Wigley taking photographs

At Shugborough his work will include sound, poetry and manipulated film triggered by the visitor when turning the crank of three purpose-made kinetoscopes which will be situated in the parkland for two years from July 2017. There will also be an exhibition in the Mansion house showing the making of the kinetoscopes and the film with a short documentary.

The project is a part of Trust New Art, the National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts inspired by the places we look after.

Upcoming events

Winter Artisan Market

Sat 25 Nov 2017
10:00-16:00
Treat yourself with something from our small selection of handpicked local produce stalls.

Shugborough Lantern Workshop and Parade

Sat 25 Nov 2017
10:30-13:00
Create your own special lantern for our magical lantern parade that will show off Christmastime at Shugborough like never before.

Shugborough at Christmas

Sat 02 Dec 2017
11:00-15:00
Come and enjoy Shugborough at this special time of year, showing off its seasonal best inside and out, with spirit-lifting treats in the tea-room.

Carol Evening

Fri 08 Dec 2017
19:30-20:30
Celebrate the festive season with a traditional carol evening in the magical setting of Shugborough's historic Midden Yard. Mince pies and warming drinks will be served in the Mansion Tearoom during the interval.

Shugborough Lantern Parade

Fri 15 Dec 2017
18:30-20:30
Revel in the magic of Shugborough after dark and enjoy this dynamic, engaging and beautiful evening event with the whole family.

Springtime at Shugborough

Fri 30 Mar 2018
11:00-16:00
Make the most of the spring season with nature inspired activities and trails.