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On Classic Ground- the remarkable story of Wilton House, Wiltshire, England; historic seat of the Earls of Pembroke - Wilton House Museum
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On Classic Ground- the remarkable story of Wilton House, Wiltshire, England; historic seat of the Earls of Pembroke

January 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series!

Our fifth lecture of the series features Jeremy Musson, Architectural  Historian. 

Wilton House, Wiltshire is one of the UK’s greatest country houses, seat of the Earls of Pembroke since the 1540s.It was adapted as a grand country house from a former abbey in the mid sixteenth century; and its south front famously recast in pioneer Palladian style, in the 1630s for the 4th Earl of Pembroke, advised by Inigo Jones, with Isaac de Caux as executant architect, the grand state rooms reworked in Jonesian spirit after a fire in the 1640s by John Webb. The house was further embellished  with  architectural interventions by James Wyatt for the 11th Earl, including a neo-Gothic cloister where sculpture was displayed.

In the early twentieth century the north front was also remodelled by architect Edmond Warre, and in the 1930s a library was de-Gothicised with advice from Rex Whistler. Whistler loved the house, as did photographer Cecil Beaton, who described Wilton House as ‘unfailing in its beauty’. During darker days in the second world war, D-Day was planned from the famous ‘Double Cube Room’.

The house remains the family home of the Earls of Pembroke and the present (18th) Earl inherited in 2003 aged only 25. The has been extensively restored since the 1980s, with rooms carefully redecorated and the outstanding collections gathered over generations redisplayed on the basis of research and advice from David Mlinaric. Wilton is the model of agreat English house which has passed over the centuries, with its rich layers of architectural alteration and art.

Mr Musson will speak on its architectural and social history as well as its collections.

Jeremy Musson M Phil, FSA, is an architectural historian,  architectural editor of Country Life 1998-2007, presenter of BBC2’s The Curious House Guest’, and author of many books on English country houses, interiors and social history. 

This virtual presentation will take place on Zoom. While we hope you can join us live, a recording of this lecture will be available for viewing for one month after the lecture date.

Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite.


January 13
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Virtual Presentation


Wilton House Museum