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Adrian Tinniswood - "Noble Ambitions"

24th February 2022 at 7:30 
(Doors open at 7pm)
Tickets £5 each

Booking is essential. Now SOLD OUT!


Due to uncertainty about COVID we are restricting the number of seats to just over half of the hall's normal capacity for such events to allow for appropriate social distancing. Booking is therefore essential.

The bar (alcoholic & soft drinks as well as tea and coffee) will be open from 7pm and at the end, when Adrian will happily sell and sign, and chat about, his books.

It is anticipated the talk will be about 45 minutes plus questions.


Below is information about the talk and its relevance to Corsley and details of how to buy tickets.  

Please note no refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled by us for some reason - illness of speaker, COVID rule changes etc.

About the talk:

Adrian will be talking about his most recent book (Noble Ambitions) which opens with a description of Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath judging entries at the 1946 Corsley Show and then going on to inform the villagers that he would be selling off many properties in the village to meet a huge tax bill imposed by the Attlee Government.


Adrian has written many books on the history of the English Country House so he is very well qualified to tell this tale of the mixed fortunes of those who owned Country houses at this time.


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About the speaker:

Adrian Tinniswood is an English writer and historian, he studied English and Philosophy at Southampton University and was awarded an MPhil at Leicester University.


He was a regional chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (2004-10) and a member of the National Trust's Council and its Regional Committee for the South-West, and has served as a trustee on a number of boards, including the Bishop's Palace Wells, Bath Preservation Trust and the Holburne Museum. He is currently a trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation and a member of the Cathedral Council and of the Fabric Advisory Committee, both at Wells Cathedral.

Adrian has often acted as a consultant to the National Trust, and has lectured at several universities in both the United Kingdom and United States, including the University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham's Humanities Research Institute and Director of Buckingham's Country House Studies programme.

He was appointed OBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to heritage.

Buying Tickets and Questions:

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