Things To See and Do
Liberty and Lottery: A New Exhibition
A new exhibition exploring Brodsworth Hall’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade is now on display, featuring specially commissioned wire sculptures. The exhibition, ‘Liberty and Lottery’, is named after two slave ships part-owned by one of Brodsworth’s previous owners, Peter Thellusson (1735-97). Thellusson amassed considerable wealth through financial dealings which were heavily connected with the transatlantic slave trade, including financing plantations.
Created by nationally renowned carnival artist Carl Gabriel, the five steel wire sculptures can be found across the hall and gardens. Each sculpture reflects an aspect of Brodsworth’s connection to the transatlantic slave trade, interpreting themes including the voyage of the Lottery, plantations, inheritance, knowledge and memory.
A site-specific poem by award-winning Malika Booker is displayed in the dining room of the hall. Her poem ‘Songs of Mahogany’ considers the use of luxurious tropical hardwoods throughout the hall. Finally, a trail throughout the ground floor highlights objects and interior features associated with or linked to the transatlantic slave trade. This culminates in a display exploring contemporary attitudes towards the slave trade and colonialism through the books in Brodsworth’s collection, displayed for the first time in the library.
Bring your family and appreciate the grandeur of Victorian living. Built by Charles Thellusson, Brodsworth Hall was the Thellusson family home for over 120 years. Designed in the Italianate style of the 1860s, the 'grand rooms' on the ground floor recall its Victorian heyday. Many of the original furnishings can still be seen - explore some of the highlights from the collection.
Don't miss the cavernous Victorian kitchen with its impressive cooking range and the cosier 'Aga kitchen' and scullery with the original housekeeper's chair.
Stroll through the statue walks, the fern dell grotto and the beautiful wild rose dell.
Take in romantic views of the formal gardens and pleasure grounds from the restored summerhouse, and enjoy the period bedding plants in the Flower Garden.
After an afternoon exploring head over to the tearoom and terrace. The tearoom serves a delicious selection of high quality Yorkshire food using the best local, fresh ingredients. We also have a children's selection.
In fine weather, you can enjoy the tranquillity of the hall from the outdoor seating on the Tea Terrace.
You are also welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens.
Plan your visit to Brodsworth Hall and Gardens today.
In the garden wind your way through the colourful formal flower beds to get a great view from the summerhouse. Wander over and under the bridges of the fern dell, sniff your way through the wild rose dell and be sure to have a peek at our historic outdoor loo!
Enjoy family activities during the school holidays, live brass bands on summer Sundays and a year-round programme of events. And don't forget your blanket for a picnic on the lawn.
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