Calke and Stoneywell Talks Service
Visiting our places isn’t the only way to learn about the unique places we care for. Thanks to a dedicated team of speakers, we offer a Talks Service that brings Calke Abbey and Stoneywell’s stories directly to you. Find a range of topics for each place and information on how to book a talk here.
What is the Talks Service?
Interested in learning more about Calke Abbey or Stoneywell? Our knowledgeable speakers will come directly to your group to deliver a talk on a range of topics, helping us to share detailed and illustrated stories about these places with you.
Some of the talks can be delivered online, including the general talks. Please enquire for more details.
All talks are well researched by passionate volunteers, and the money we raise helps us to look after these special places for generations to come.
How to book a talk
We charge a flat rate of £50 per talk, which goes directly towards looking after Calke Abbey and Stoneywell. For smaller groups, please get in touch to discuss a discount, and for groups over 50, we suggest a fee of £1 per person.
We have a range of well-researched topics available for both Calke Abbey and Stoneywell, listed below. Please choose a topic and let us know your preferred date, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your group.
All our speakers have an excellent knowledge of the Calke Estate and the Harpur-Crewe family, and offer talks on a wide range of fascinating subjects, including:
- General talk on Calke
- The history of Calke’s gardens
- The family and servants
- Conservation at Calke
- The paintings and artists of Calke
To discover more about the Arts and Crafts cottage at Stoneywell or the Gimson family history, book an illustrated talk on one of the following topics:
- General talk on Stoneywell
- The garden at Stoneywell
- The Arts and Crafts Movement and its relationship with Stoneywell
- Arts and Crafts: Architecture
- Ernest Gimson: life and work
- The Gimson story: three generations at Stoneywell
- Conservation at Stoneywell
- William Morris
The home of a family who lived and loved the Arts and Crafts
Discover how one man’s vision changed a summer house into an Arts and Crafts-inspired family home.
Calke Abbey is the place where time stood still. Discover the history of the 'unstately home' as a religious priory and family home for 12 generations.
Delve into Stoneywell’s collection of Arts and Crafts treasures, from unique handcrafted furniture to a replica cot and a small ceramics collection.
Discover the 'un-stately' home at Calke Abbey, where peeling paint and abandoned rooms vividly portray a period when many country houses didn't survive.
We welcome group visits to Stoneywell, where you can explore an Arts and Crafts home and garden – find out how to book and what to expect from your group visit here.
Explore more of Calke Abbey on a guided tour, walk or talk – from behind-the-scenes tours in the house to garden and parkland rambles.