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The House of Byron: Newstead’s Dysfunctional Dynasty

Dec 92020 6pm GMT

Annual Paul Mellon Lecture

“Newstead! What saddening scene of change is thine,
Thy yawning arch betokens sure decay;
The last and youngest of a noble line
Now holds thy mouldering turrets in his sway”
(Elegy on Newstead Abbey, Lord Byron)


This year’s Paul Mellon Lecture The House of Byron: Newstead’s Dysfunctional Dynasty will explore Newstead Abbey, once one of the most admired aristocratic houses in England at the beginning of the 18th century. The ancestral seat of the Byron family – following the dissolution of the monasteries – would eventually be inherited by Lord Byron, romantic poet, and no stranger to a scandal.

The event will focus on Byron’s relationship with Newstead, the chain of events that resulted in its decline, and its 21st century revival following inclusion on the World Monuments Watch in 2012.  World Monuments Fund Britain will be joined by rising star author and historian Emily Brand as she discusses her book The Fall of the House of Byron and reveals the fascinating history behind Newstead Abbey. The evening’s host and WMFB Executive Director, John Darlington, will also be joined by  Zoe Skelding, Partner Architect at Purcell, who recently oversaw the West Front Conservation

Date: Wednesday 9th December

Time: 6pm GMT 

Location: Virtual Event via Zoom

This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP.

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