Behind-the-scenes tour of Marble Hill House Join Environment Trust and English Heritage curator, Esme Whittaker, on 7th October on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Marble Hill House and Park, and learn about the exciting plans for the future of the site! Marble Hill House was built in the 18th century on the banks of the River Thames for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk and mistress to George II. Here, away from the Court and the rush of central London, she would host some of the era's most prolific poets, politicians and authors in her Palladian Villa. Indeed, the famed poet Alexander Pope was a neighbour and close friend, and is largely credited with helping to design the grounds of the estate, which included a grotto and meandering paths. After Henrietta Howard's death the house had a succession of illustrious inhabitants but it fell into decline towards the end of the 19th century. English Heritage acquired the building in 1986, and with the public's support preserved the grand interiors. Plans are now afoot to see the house and grounds, including Environment Trust's own traditional kitchen garden, restored to their former glory and provide improved sports facilities for the local residents. Join us as we are taken on a curator led tour of the house, learn about the witty and intellectual world of Henrietta Howard, and go behind-the-scenes of English Heritage's exciting new project. The tour will last two hours, and be led by English Heritage curator Esme Whittaker. The tour will include a visit to the Trust's kitchen garden. We hope you will then join us for a cup of tea or coffee at the Coach House Cafe, where you will be able to hear more about Environment Trust's current projects (tea and coffee not included in the ticket price). Not yet a member? Join us here: https://www.environmenttrust.org/donate/membership/10/credit-card Places are strictly limited, booking is essential. If you are unable to book a ticket please call the office on 07860 878462 to join the waiting list. (Image Left: Traditional Kitchen Garden at Marble Hill. Credit: Environment Trust) Booking for this event has now closed.