How the National Trust is bringing a sense of mischief back to Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland

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    Meet the National Trust experts and volunteers who are preserving the spirit of the ‘Gay Delavals’ – a mischievous family who lived at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland in the 18th century who liked to play pranks on their guests. Unlike many other traditional historic houses, Seaton Delaval Hall is being cared for in a way that embodies the drama and unconventional nature of the Delaval family. For instance, you can see a huge mirror ball in the Central Hall and family portraits of the Delavals. In this video, learn more about how staff and volunteers at the National Trust prepare the house for visitors to come and enjoy this unique place. You’ll also discover why the National Trust has chosen to use installations to present the history and spirit of the house, rather than restoring Seaton Delaval Hall in the style of a typical country home. As part of the Curtain Rises project, staff and volunteers have been able to reimagine the landscape surrounding the house by opening up historic viewpoints and vistas. The Curtain Rises project was made possible thanks to donors, supporters, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We protect and care for places so people and nature can thrive. Everyone can get involved, everyone can make a difference. Nature, beauty, history. For everyone, for ever. You can donate to us at
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    English Heritage
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    Resource type: Video
    Last modified: 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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