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Curatorial Lectures & Talks

The Curatorial department offers a range of lectures, talks, or study days for groups, whether they have a general interest or more specialist fields of study.

The following lectures are currently available:

  • The Building of Castle Howard
  • A House is a Living Machine: Life and Architecture inside Vanbrugh's Mansion
  • Stones, Ashes and Visitors: A History of Castle Howard
  • Restoration at Castle Howard: Principles, Achievements and Challenges
  • From Fabergé to French Fries: Castle Howard in the Modern World
  • 'Uncommon and Entirely Different': Three Hundred Years of Garden History at Castle Howard
  • The Castle Howard Walled Garden: Ornament and Produce
  • A Different Kind of Planting: Sculpture and Monuments in the Gardens at Castle Howard
  • Restoring the Lakes and Fountains at Castle Howard
  • The Development and Restoration of the Landscape at Castle Howard
  • A Funerary Landscape: Hawksmoor's Mausoleum at Castle Howard
  • 'Gathered by Amateurs': Three Hundred Years of Collecting at Castle Howard
  • The Book-Collecting Earls of Carlisle
  • Pre-Raphaelite Invaders: Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and the Howard Family
  • Scratching at the Surface: The Hidden Lives of the Women of Castle Howard

In addition, the Curatorial department also offers guided tours to the Mausoleum and wider landscape. Visit our what's on pages to view upcoming tours.

To discuss a group lecture please telephone Group Reservations on 01653 648621, or email

Please note all lectures can be combined with a visit to the house and grounds, with private dining options available.