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Historic Houses: The True Stars of Period Dramas

Archived Public talk Virtual Talk
Mar 302021 6pm BST

in partnership with Intelligence Squared

For many, Chatsworth House, the majestic stately home in Derbyshire, is Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s home. For others, it is the home of the Duchess of Devonshire, as played by Keira Knightley in the film The Duchess and it also played host to the award-winning drama Peaky Blinders. But how exactly are historic houses, such as Chatsworth, transformed into the settings of some of the most popular films and TV shows?

In this special event, Intelligence Squared and World Monuments Fund Britain will draw back the curtain to reveal the fascinating work involved when turning historic houses into fictitious screen locations. How do the owners of these houses choose which productions are granted access? Once there, how do production designers and art directors design sets that transport viewers to different eras and locations? How do actors and directors do their job while respecting their surroundings? And once these historic houses have been made widely popular through their role in period dramas, how do we balance the benefits and conservation challenges that an increase in visitors can bring?

Join us as we explore these questions and more with actress Nell Hudson (Victoria, Outlander), director Julie Anne Robinson (Bridgerton) and Head of Marketing and Visitor Experience at Chatsworth House Sally Ambrose and World Monuments Fund Britain Executive Director John Darlington.

Date: Tuesday 30th March
Time: 6:00 PM (BST) // 1:00 pm (EDT)
Location: Virtual Event

The event is free to attend with an RSVP.