Eight mistresses of Springhill, a story told in costumes
The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to learn something more about the often unsung heroines of our country estates.
Visitors are invited to view the costumes once worn by Anne Upton of Castle Upton, who was the first mistress of the house in 1690.
You will also have the opportunity to view clothing worn by the other ladies of the house such as Anne Peacock, society beauty and friend of Jonathan Swift; the beloved Jane Hamilton who died giving birth to her firstborn child, Laura Arbuthnot, as well as Laura’s thirteen children; and lastly Mina Lowry, published author and the last mistress of Springhill House until her death aged 94. Their lives, their work, their passions and the mark they have each left on Springhill House make for a fascinating story that is well worth a visit.
Exhibition for all to enjoy
In addition to the new costumes and accessories, visitors can view some old favourites, including costumes that belonged to the Lenox-Conyngham family themselves. The earliest pieces on display will date from the 1740s, telling the story of the family, the house and the estate up until 1957 when the house was bequeathed to the National Trust.
The costume museum is open 11am to 5pm on days the estate is open to the public.