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The Duchess of Curiosities: A talk on the The Duchess of Portland and the beginnings of the British Museum

Talks held at, Arnold Methodist Church, 54 Front Street, Arnold, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG5 7EL
Duchess of Portland


Tuesday 21 January 2020 I 7pm Start
Venue: Arnold Methodist Church, Arnold
Tickets: £1 for members and £3 for non members

LilyAnn is an extremely knowledgeable and gifted speaker who will give a fascinating account of the life and times of Lady Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley, Duchess of Portland, who lived at Welbeck Abbey (North Notts) during the 18th century. 

A lady with a keen interest in the natural world and an accomplished artist, during her life Margaret, a lady ahead of her time, amassed a huge collection, which upon her death was sold to pay off the massive debts amassed by her two sons, William Henry Cavendish and Edward Charles Cavendish. 

William, who dabbled in politics, ran up huge election debts by bribing voters which, by todays estimates would have been in the region of some £30 million.  It is reputed that younger son Edward with a fancy for gambling, also ran up massive debts totalling today around £100 million! 

On Margaret's death, many of the items sold from her vast collection went on to form the basis of the new British Museum, amongst these items was the famous Portland Vase, which the Duchess purchased from Sir William Hamilton, husband of Lady Hamilton, best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson. 

Should you require further information on the evening or to book your place for this facinating talk, please email via the link above. 

Guide Prices

Visitors can attend the talk at the cost of £3
If you wish to join the Arnold Local History Group you can do so also at the annual cost of £10 and entitles you to attend monthly meetings for £1, vote at the AGM and be eligible for election to the committee.

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