Study Day: Hardwick Hall

Tuesday 1 March, 10.45-16.20

This study day will focus on the rich portrait collection at Hardwick Hall, the outstanding Elizabethan home built by ‘Bess’ of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury. Hardwick is celebrated as a tour de force in Elizabethan stately architecture and interior planning, and is home to remarkable historic textile and furniture collections. This event will highlight the portraits which were first commission and collected by the formidable Countess of Shrewsbury and her heirs, including the 6th Duke of Devonshire whose impact on the presentation of the fine and decorative art collection in the nineteenth century can still be felt at Hardwick Hall.

Hardwick Hall, National Trust

Programme: The day will include a number of specialist presentations focusing on specific portraits or portrait series at Hardwick, and the history of collecting, interpreting and presenting the collection. Delegates will have plenty of time to tour the property the speakers and Hardwick Hall staff. Confirmed speakers include Tarnya Cooper, Chief Curator, National Portrait Gallery; Charlotte Bolland, Collections Curator 16th Century, National Portrait Gallery; Edward Town, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Collections Information and Access, Yale Center for British Art; Christopher Rowell, Furniture Curator, National Trust; and Catharine MacLeod, Senior Curator 17th Century Collections, National Portrait Gallery. The study day will be chaired by David Taylor, Curator of Pictures and Sculpture, National Trust.


Booking form: Due to a website glitch, we’re not able to upload the booking form to this page – please send an email to the Understanding British Portraits network Co-ordinator Caroline with ‘Hardwick Hall study day’ in the subject line, and we’ll send you the details.


Venue: Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ. Minibus from Chesterfield train station provided for delegates, see booking form. Information on the property on the National Trust website: