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Winter talks by the fireside

7th November 2019

Winter talks by the fireside

This November Mount Stuart Trust will launch a series of informal, monthly Fireside Chats to celebrate the colder season of the year.

With a cup of tea in hand and grouped around a cosy fire in the Drawing Room, guests will be able to explore rarely or never seen treasures from the Bute Collection. From 18th century costume and a beautifully embroidered bible once belonging to King Charles I, to an insight into the laborious craft of tapestry weaving, the series is designed to fascinate and stimulate. Beginning with a group of ‘mystery objects,’ the first session in November will engage our guests in an Antiques Road Show style guessing game. Aimed at anyone with an interest in learning more about what lies behind the scenes at Mount Stuart is warmly welcome.

Join us for a series of informal, monthly Fireside Chats to celebrate the colder season of the year and to explore some rarely or never seen treasures from the Bute Collection. November to March, the first Thursday of the month, 11:30 to 12:30.

No prior expertise required, simply bring your curiosity, book your place and enjoy.

Individual events priced at £9.50 non-member / £5.00 member. Tea/coffee and shortbread included. Book your tickets here.

7. November Mystery Objects. Explore some curious objects and take part in an Antiques Road Show style guessing game. We have picked some items from our stores to get everyone involved.


5. December: The King’s Friend. Meet the Third Earl of Bute via some exclusive items from our Collection. Discover the close relationship between the Third Earl of Bute, George III and Princess Augusta in this talk led by Polly Putnam, Curator from Historic Royal Palaces. Enjoy a close encounter with the main players who are ‘joining’ the conversation in the shape of rarely exhibited portraits, an original letter and a costume.


9. January: The King’s Bible. the Bute Collection houses a beautiful, embroidered bible once belonging to Charles I. An opportunity to see this rare object and delve into the story of its making and its provenance. A real treat.

For over two and half centuries, the Bute Collection has preserved one of King Charles I’s bibles, which is covered in a sumptuous contemporary embroidered binding.
The Marquesses of Bute have nurtured a love of history for centuries, and as Stuarts themselves, they have long taken a great interest in collecting objects associated with and once owned by King Charles I: from original manuscripts and memorial miniatures to extravagant costumes.

This January, on the 371st anniversary of the ill-fated monarch’s death, our collections team will be unveiling some of the rare Carolian-related objects collected by the Marquesses of Bute alongside the Bute Bible.

Join us in the Purple Library at Mount Stuart for our January Fireside Chat to hear about the production and provenance of the extraordinary King Charles I Bute Bible, and for a special opportunity to see and hear about the spectacular array of Carolian objects from the Bute Collection.


6. February: Explore the world of weaving and designing tapestries. Mount Stuart houses some remarkable tapestries and in this session you will learn about the craft behind these amazing artefacts.


5. March. Treasures from the Bute Collection. Discover the oldest, the newest, the biggest, the smallest, the most famous, the least known and the most recent acquisitions preserved in this interactive session.