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Fall 2019 Events

Master John, Queen Mary I, 1544 ©National Portrait Gallery, London

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This Fall, take a ride through Britain’s great houses with Dr. Oliver Cox during his lecture on the history of the horse and the English Country House. Find out if she was a harlot or a housewife during Angus Haldane’s talk on the lives and portraits of notorious mistresses, faithful wives, and creative figures of the 17th-century English Royal Court. Delight in the stunning garden of Kiftsgate Court, cultivated by three generations of women gardeners, with owners Anne and Johnny Chambers. Be transported back to 18th-century Britain into a club of extraordinary people whose ideas helped shape their age with Dr. Leo Damrosch. Sonia Purnell is back to give her sold-out lecture to new audiences on the incredible story of WWII spy Virginia Hall, “The most dangerous of all Allied spies.” And more!

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Master John, Queen Mary I, 1544 ©National Portrait Gallery, London

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A frosty April morning at Blickling Estate, Norfolk. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Blickling’s Library Appeal

The Royal Oak Foundation is excited to launch our 2019 National Trust appeal to support a major effort to protect Blickling’s remarkable library and make its collection better known to the public. Our patrons’ generosity is what will make it possible for Royal Oak to achieve our goal of raising $250,000 toward this important project. We invite you to join us to help save this most historic building and library.
The White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden - Kent ©NTPL-Jonathan Buckley

2019 Annual Fund

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Capability Brown: The Shakespeare of Gardening

Gardens & Parklands

Capability Brown was the most talented and prolific of the artists who created the thousands of English Landscape Gardens—gardens on a scale that seem natural and irregular. Brown’s artistry often goes unnoticed as it blends so subtly into the landscape and its impact has been mostly overlooked. He is associated with more than 250 sites covering 200 square miles in total.

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