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
Artist and filmmaker, Ben Wigley

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

Come out and Play

Thu 21 Jul 2022
Go home feeling happy tired after a day of sporty and creative fun here at Shugborough.


Thu 21 Jul 2022
See the wonderful Blossom inspired art work created and designed by ProteanArt and local community groups.

Outdoor Theatre: Wind and the Willows with The Pantaloons

Sat 06 Aug 2022
Join Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger on a wild adventure filled with motorcar madness, wicked weasels, exciting escapes and plenty of messing about in boats.

Outdoor Theatre: Awful Auntie with Heartbreak Productions

Sat 13 Aug 2022
Join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller Awful Auntie on the big outdoor stage

Pop-Up Platinum Jubilee Exhibit

Sun 04 Sep 2022
Visit our pop-up Platinum Jubilee Exhibit in the Mansion (open Wednesday- Sunday)

Shugborough Estate Winter Light Trail

Fri 25 Nov 2022
A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses.