The speaker is Dr Oliver Cox, Heritage Engagement Fellow at the University of Oxford, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.
Horses were crucial to sustaining and enabling life in the English country house. Horse power brought stone to build the house, pulled the wagons filled with paintings and decorative art to express the owner’s taste and sophistication, pulled the ploughs that farmed the estate or the wagons to extract coal and minerals, brought new and exotic foods from the city, and most importantly house guests to marvel and these statements of power, wealth and influence.
However, the history of the horse and the country house remains curiously under-researched. In this richly illustrated lecture, Dr Oliver Cox, suggests how we might enrich our historical understanding and our contemporary experience of country houses, through bringing horses and houses back together. It is hoped that the lecture will include references to the Audley End estate.
Tickets will be available from the Tourist Office in Market Place, Saffron Walden or on the door.
Venue : to be confirmed, but will be central Saffron Walden.
Tickets will be available from the beginning of March 2022.
Please wear a mask and take normal Covid precautions
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