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2019 Benefit

Please join the Royal Oak Foundation November 6, 2019 in New York City at our annual benefit. This year, we are pleased to honor His Grace the Duke of Devonshire with our Timeless Award in recognition of his remarkable work in preservation and art collecting at his celebrated family residence, Chatsworth.

At the event, Royal Oak Board member Professor Sir David Cannadine will lead the Duke in a lively conversation about his impressive restoration and extraordinary art collection at one of Britain’s foremost historic and beloved private estates. There will also be a silent auction of priceless destinations and experiences.

(Photo: Chatsworth House © Chatsworth House Trust)

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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

Special Exhibit

The Paintings of Charles Neal

Date: October 23 – November 13
Location: Findlay Galleries, New York

This month, Royal Oak is proud to work with Findlay Galleries to host an exhibit, The Assembly of Time, showcasing paintings by British painter, Charles Neal.

This exhibition presents a collection of National Trust estates that evoke our shared heritage and an appreciation of
the history and craftsmanship that makes each property unique: some for the history that the property represents like
Blickling Hall, and others that reflect great historical figures such as Churchill’s Chartwell.

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Featured Initiatives

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

Please consider making a gift to Royal Oak today to support educational events, undertake substantial conservation and preservation projects and provide essential scholarship opportunities.

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Cooking & Traditions

From J.K. Rowling who described September as “crisp and golden as an apple,” to the 17th-century English poet, Andrew Marvell who exclaimed: “What a wondrous life is this I lead! Ripe apples drop about my head,” many think of this season as a season for apples. Try these recipes to mark the occasion.

Autumn Days

Cooking & Traditions

Whether you’re hoping to taste delicious apples or discover harvest traditions, there are plenty of ways to celebrate autumn with the National Trust. Have a go at apple identification, try your hand at picking and pressing, or simply indulge the taste buds with delicious crumbles and pies.

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