Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Farm shop plastic bag reduction success

It has been a year since the farm shop introduced their 5p charge for plastic bags and the results from the initiative have been nothing short of impressive. Over the last 12 months a staggering 446,726 fewer plastic bags have been used in comparison to the previous year, which is a reduction of 86% and enough bags to cover the pitch at Wembley Stadium almost 14 times over. Furthermore it’s saved over 3 tonnes of plastic being shipped almost 5000 miles around the world to Chatsworth, further reducing our carbon footprint. With biodegradable reusable bags now on sale at the farm shop for customers, Andr矇 and his team have done a brilliant job at continuing to reduce their environmental impact.


Sam Porteous

Environment, Health and Safety Officer

Friday, 20 May 2011

The welcome return of the North Entrance fire

For what seems like an age, the much loved North Entrance Hall fire has been out of commission. As part of the Masterplan the chimney needed to be re-lined, so the fire could not be lit at all.

Front of House staff bravely endured a somewhat chilly winter, remaining cheerful as the front doors opened and exposed them to the cold winter winds.

Now finally, this task has been completed and the welcoming Chatsworth fire will once more be warming visitors (and staff!) as they enter the building. Let’s just hope we don’t need to light it much until the winter!


Janet Bitton

Assistant House Keeper

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Weekend of Wonders

Final preparations are under way for our Weekend of Wonders event being held in the garden over the Spring Bank Holiday (28 – 30 May). 


The event is a celebration of science and innovative in the spirit of the 6th Duke of Devonshire, who inherited Chatsworth 200 years ago. We will be hosting a number of exhibitors, such as Mad Science, with their slime making and dry ice experiments, the National Space Centre, who will be building and launching rockets and allowing visitors to sample space food, and Roger Lovell from Cyclemagic will be joining us to demonstrate how to ride bicycles from years gone by.  


Along with the many exhibitors joining us for the long weekend, we are also in the process of writing a new walking tour of the gardens to show off the many great achievements of the partnership between the 6th Duke and his head gardener Joseph Paxton. As we were well and truly spoilt with the weather this April we are keeping a close eye on water levels in the lakes that supply the gravity-fed Emperor Fountain; we hope to play the fountain to full height once daily over the long weekend in celebration.


Ruth Taylor

Entertainment and Events Support Assistant



Thursday, 12 May 2011

Preparations for the New Gallery

Earlier this year work started on the former bachelor apartments to convert them into a new exhibition space, leading off the vestibule between the Great Dining Room and the Sculpture Gallery. Opening on the 27th May, the ‘New Gallery’ exhibition will tell the story of the 6th Duke of Devonshire, Victorian Britain’s most inspirational and eligible bachelor, and the dramatic impact he had on Chatsworth. The finishing touches are now being added to the exhibition, which will feature items such as his autograph book, diary, and treasures from his collection. We look forward to welcoming all of our visitors to take a look!


Hannah Obee

Curator of Exhibitions & Special Projects

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Royaly Brewtiful

Peak Ales’ royal wedding special ale, “Royaly Brewtiful”, has proved a great success with nearly 3,000 pints of beer sold to help toast the happy couple. Talented Pilsley CofE Primary School pupils Mathew Greaves and Isabel Stewart came up with the name for the beer and the design for the pump clip respectively. Both pupils won a £15 HMV voucher and had their work displayed around the estate and in the local pubs that stocked the beer. Peak Ales don’t do many special beers but this was such an historic occasion it was appropriate to celebrate it with a totally new beer. Good luck, William and Catherine.


Robert Evans

Peak Ales