When Mary Eleanor inherited the Gibside estate in 1760, she was widely considered to be the wealthiest heiress in Georgian England. Her life was surrounded by fascination, rumour, and scandal. Val Scully offers us a compelling retelling of Mary Eleanor’s life: scholar, botanist, pioneer, and survivor. Her courageous fight for freedom from her husband paved the way for the reform of English divorce and custody laws. Her story of resilience is as relevant today as it was 300 years ago.
Free (booking advised as there is limited capacity). Please note this talk contains references to violence and domestic abuse.
|12:30 - 13:15
Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.Check admission prices
All ages welcome, parental discretion is advised.
- Meeting point
The talk will take place in the Cinema Room at Gibside Stables. Please be aware that the Stables are a 30 minute walk from Visitor Reception.
- What to bring and wear
The Stables are old buildings and can be cold, even in mild weather. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather conditions.
The Cinema Room is wheelchair accessible. Please be aware that the path up to the Stables includes a steep ascent and uneven ground. The Gibside shuttle bus may be available on the day, please ask at Visitor Reception.