Upton's Afternoon Tea Talks

Afternoon tea - Scones and Jam

Come along to one of our series of talks about Upton, its grounds and collections. Followed by afternoon tea in our Old Kitchen.

Join us for a full and varied programme of talks about Upton, its grounds and collections. Delivered by our volunteer experts who have spent months and years researching their chosen subject.

Each talk will focus in depth on the subject and is delivered using props as appropriate. All of our volunteers will be available afterwards to take questions.

The event takes place in the old Squash Court, before moving through to Iris', our Old Kitchen, for a homemade afternoon tea. 

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£10 per adult includes an afternoon tea

Upton's Antique Porcelain

Colin, house guide and French Porcelain Society member, gives a talk about Lord Bearsted's rare porcelain collection. See the porcelain that was made for a King and an Empress. Hear about the fascinating story of Upton's stolen porcelain and its recovery.  

Children in Upton's Art

Tony, one of our art history guides, joins the programme to give us a talk about the pictures of children in Lord Bearsted's art collection. Discover the fascinating stories behind the children, the artists and the times in which they lived. 

Macdonald painting - Children in art
Macdonald - Children in art
Macdonald painting - Children in art

'Introduction to Upton's Art'

'Learn more about the rare paintings in this famous collection with Brian, house guide and art consultant, as he presents a fascinating selection of artworks, including paintings by Stubbs, Canaletto, Raeburn, Bosch, El Greco and many more. Hear the stories behind the paintings, the subjects and artists.

'A Weekend at Upton in the 1930's'

Join Brenda our resident tour guide, who will tell you all about a weekend at Upton in the 1930's. Find out what it was like to be a guest of Lord and Lady Bearsted at one of their house parties. 

Below Stairs at Upton

Anne is one of our resident tour guides, and joins our series of talks to tell you more about what went on 'below stairs' in the 1930s at Upton. She will have a plethora of information on the characters employed by Lord and Lady Berstead along with many fascinating facts. 

Upton's 1927 Workforce
Upton's 1927 Workforce
Upton's 1927 Workforce

The extraordinary mystery of Bruegel's painting 

Barbara takes us on a journey of the history of our Bruegel painting 'Massacre of the Innocents'. She will share with you the details of the conservation report, including the history of this important painting and try to answer the key question; just who did paint this stunning painting? She'll also talk you through why conservation is important and how we undertake it.

Fashion in the 1930's

Join us for a fascinating talk by one of our volunteers, Jane on Fashion trends in the 1930s. Jane will have a variety of examples to show you and offers an interactive, fun and engaging talk.

1930s fashion at Upton House
1930s fashion at Upton House
1930s fashion at Upton House

Look out for more talks coming later this year.