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Life Stories Exhibition

14th June 2021 - 3rd October 2021

In 2021 join us as we share stories about the fascinating lives of people associated with Chatsworth through the placement of nine paired portraits and objects. Focusing on the traces of lives in the house, the exhibition presents objects in new ways, demonstrating how past figures continue to resonate in our lives today.

Characters such as Bess of Hardwick with her necklace of 1000 pearls, the artists Angela Conner and Elisabeth Frink, and historic family figures such as Christian Bruce, wife of the 2nd Earl of Devonshire, and the 5th Duke of Devonshire, are paired with objects that tell us unfamiliar stories about their lives. The exhibition in the house will be complemented by further online activity, which will be programmed throughout the summer.

We invite you to join us in thinking and looking at portraits, people, and the objects that they lived with, and which accompany us all into the present.