Stoneywell Talks Service
Visiting Stoneywell is not the only way to be delighted by this special property. Thanks to our dedicated team of speakers we offer a talks service to bring our special Stoneywell story directly to you.
As many of you may know Stoneywell in Ulverscoft was acquired by the National Trust in 2012. It is a unique example of Arts and Crafts design set in four acres of a stunning garden. Designed as a summer residence by Leicestershire architect, craftsman and designer Ernest Gimson for his brother Sydney, the cottage is a model of Arts and Crafts ideals.
In June 2013, long before Stoneywell was ready to open, a group of four volunteers who had some experience of public speaking were invited to a meeting in the cottage which at the time was covered in scaffolding and the furniture that remained was sealed.
" We started giving illustrated talks more than a year before we had the soft opening in 2014 so we were, in many ways, introducing Leicestershire’s new property to WIs, Heritage Groups and other organisations."
We now have a team of nine well qualified speakers who can give illustrated talks on the following to local groups and societies:
• Arts and Crafts - architecture
• Arts and Crafts – furniture
• The Arts and Crafts Movement and its relationship with Stoneywell
• Ernest Gimson his life and work
• Conservation at Stoneywell (available after March 2017)
• Ernest Gimson – his work in Leicestershire
• General talk on Stoneywell
• The Gimson Story – three generations at Stoneywell
• Stoneywell garden
• Visiting and volunteering at Stoneywell – a half hour talk suitable for lunch time meetings. (No donation is expected for this talk.)
• William Morris
Our speakers are volunteers who donate their own time to provide this service. In recognition of this, and as a charity independent of Government, the National Trust would appreciate a donation towards our work at Stoneywell if you decide to take up this service. We suggest a minimum donation of £50.00. If your group has a relatively small number of members the donation amount can be discussed with the speaker, and if you’re group is over 50 in number we suggest a donation of approximately £1.00 x the number of people attending. Travel expenses for speakers are paid for by the National Trust.
If you would like to book a talk, or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Volunteer Stoneywell Speakers Co-ordinator Christine Hodgson.