Over the past ten years it has been my honour and privilege to have travelled the world giving talks to genealogical societies, private members’ clubs, garden clubs … to societies and clubs of all kinds in fact. I never fail to find myself taken aback by the astonishing warmth and generosity of every audience. These talks often result in new friendships and indeed, visits to Belvoir to see if it really does live up to all I have to say.
One small blessing of these Covid times has been the miracle of Zoom and although I look forward to future travels, I now see that online lectures will always have their place.
“As you might have guessed, I am a ‘people person’ and nothing gives me greater pleasure than the chance to share Belvoir’s story with audiences near and far. ”
So, if you think your club or organisation would enjoy listening to my story, in person or via Zoom, I would be delighted to hear from you.
My current talks are on two themes:
‘21st Century Duchess’: what it means to be a duchess in today’s world – less socialite, more multi-tasking entrepreneur with a talent for DIY – and my endeavours to turn the Belvoir Estate into an enterprise that will support itself for generations to come.
‘Capability Brown and Belvoir Castle – discovering a lost landscape’: the astonishing story of my discovery of Capability Brown’s plans for Belvoir’s park, lost for over 200 years only to be found atop a dusty shelf ten years ago. Realising that Brown’s work was unfinished, I made it my mission to complete it by 2016 – in time for the 300 years anniversary of his birth in 1716.