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Welcome to Hidden Heritage – the podcast that brings you inside Great Britain’s favourite destinations with help from custodians, historians, artisans and experts.
From the same team that brought you the No.1 History podcast Duchess, Hidden Heritage uncovers the fascinating stories behind the UK brightest hidden gems. With the help from the biggest voices within British heritage, Hidden Heritage will explore some of the key challenges facing national heritage today and how they can be addressed.
Hosted by Lady Violet Manners, founder of HeritageX and Executive Producer of the hit podcast Duchess, this podcast shares the untold & unique stories that celebrate UK heritage. From landmarks to architecture, artefacts to myths & legends, Hidden Heritage will highlight a side to British history you have never seen before.
This is Hidden Heritage.

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Welcome to Hidden Heritage – the podcast that brings you inside Great Britain’s favourite destinations with help from custodians, historians, artisans and experts.
From the same team that brought you the No.1 History podcast Duchess, Hidden Heritage uncovers the fascinating stories behind the UK brightest hidden gems. With the help from the biggest voices within British heritage, Hidden Heritage will explore some of the key challenges facing national heritage today and how they can be addressed.
Hosted by Lady Violet Manners, founder of HeritageX and Executive Producer of the hit podcast Duchess, this podcast shares the untold & unique stories that celebrate UK heritage. From landmarks to architecture, artefacts to myths & legends, Hidden Heritage will highlight a side to British history you have never seen before.
This is Hidden Heritage.

    Exploring Sacred Grounds and Pilgrimage Routes with Guy Hayward

    Exploring Sacred Grounds and Pilgrimage Routes with Guy Hayward

    Step inside the world of hidden heritage as Lady Violet Manners invites you to embark on a journey of discovery in the latest episode of the podcast. Joining her is Dr. Guy Hayward, co-founder of the British Pilgrim Trust, to unravel the timeless allure of pilgrimage and the profound connection to the sacred sites of Great Britain.
    In this episode, listeners can expect to be swept away by captivating tales of historical sculptures, ancient trees, and the transformative power of pilgrimage. With insights from Guy Hayward, discover the depths of custodianship, the spiritual significance of ancient buildings, and the resurgence of pilgrimage in the UK.
    As the conversation unfolds, delve into the rich tapestry of heritage and tradition, uncovering the unique rituals and personal transformations experienced on pilgrimage. Uncover the evocative melodies of early music at Westminster Abbey and the mesmerising charm of choral evensong as Guy shares his passion for these enchanting traditions.
    So, come along on this extraordinary journey through history, spirituality, and the enduring legacy of sacred heritage sites in Great Britain. It's an episode not to be missed, offering an uplifting and insightful exploration of our nation's hidden treasures.
    Key Points:
    00:00:05: Introduction to Guy Hayward, co-founder of the British Pilgrim Trust
    00:02:16: Guy defines pilgrimage as walking for the soul, not just for exercise
    00:05:30: Guy encourages people to lie down in churches and look up at the ceilings
    00:06:38: Guy discusses the origins of pilgrimage, dating back to the dawn of time
    00:11:22: Guy shares his view on favourite pilgrimage routes in the UK
    00:44:53: Guy reveals there are 16,000 ancient parish churches and 43 cathedrals in England and Wales
    00:45:11: The British Pilgrim Trust has mapped out about 300 pilgrimage routes
    00:46:25: Guy shares how his founding patron leads his godson on pilgrimages every year
    00:48:28: Guy discusses the connection between historic houses and pilgrimage
    00:53:36: Guy sings a song about a special tree at Belvoir Castle

    Guest Info
    Guy Hayward is a multi-talented individual with diverse interests and pursuits. He co-founded the British Pilgrimage Trust, an organisation dedicated to reviving the tradition of pilgrimage in Britain, after completing his PhD at Cambridge on the psychology and anthropology of communal singing. Alongside his work with the British Pilgrimage Trust, Guy runs the website choralevensong.org, an online directory aimed at raising awareness of Choral Evensong services. Additionally, he is one half of the satirical cabaret duo Bounder & Cad, showcasing his musical and comedic talents. Guy’s academic background, entrepreneurial spirit, and artistic abilities make him a versatile and fascinating figure, seamlessly blending spirituality, psychology, arts, and cultural heritage.

    About:
    Step inside Britain’s greatest historic houses, gardens and family homes through HeritageXplore, your digital gateway to discovering heritage today. Visit https://www.heritagexplore.com/

    Links and Resources:

    British Pilgrim Trust

    Westminster Abbey

    English Heritage's regions in England

    "Sanctuary" initiative by the British Pilgrim Trust

    Choral evensong (a 16th-century musical service in churches)

    "Duchess" (No.1 History podcast)


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    • 59 min
    Icons of Fashion at Blenheim Palace with Kate Ballenger

    Icons of Fashion at Blenheim Palace with Kate Ballenger

    Welcome to this episode of Hidden Heritage, where we invite you to step into the extraordinary world of Blenheim Palace, a true gem of British heritage.
    Immerse yourself in the allure of this non-royal palace, a designated World Heritage site, with host Violet Manners. In this episode, we have the privilege of being joined by Kate Ballenger, the keeper of collections at Blenheim Palace, who provides unparalleled insights into the meticulous management and preservation of the palace's extraordinary collections.
    Join us as we embark on a journey through the rich history and architecture of Blenheim Palace, learning about its royal origins and its significance in the local community. Explore the challenges faced in maintaining the palace's historical treasures amidst nearly 900,000 annual visitors and the delicate balance between public access and preservation.
    Delve into the impact of fashion exhibitions on historic houses and the innovative ways in which contemporary influences are seamlessly integrated with the palace's heritage. Discover the stories, innovations, and passion behind one of the UK's most treasured landmarks in this episode that unveils the hidden heritage of Blenheim Palace. So, prepare to be enchanted as we uncover the remarkable tales behind the preservation and celebration of this iconic British landmark.

    Key Points:
    00:00:05 - Introduction to the podcast "Hidden Heritage" about Great Britain's favourite destinations
    00:01:12 - Description of the keeper of collections' role at Blenheim Palace
    00:03:34 - Discussion about the origins of the "Icons of British Fashion" exhibition at Blenheim
    00:05:58 - The story of Winston Churchill's unexpected birth in a cloak room at Blenheim
    00:18:56 - The inspiration behind the exhibition, including love for designers Bruce Oldfield and Jean Muir
    00:23:27 - The history of the Battle of Blenheim and its significance in changing Europe's power structure
    00:26:22 - Churchill's invention of the "siren suit" during wartime
    00:27:00 - Barber's sustainability efforts, repairing 76,000 jackets annually
    00:30:48 - The plan to spend £40 million on conservation and restoration at Blenheim
    00:33:42 - Importance of engaging younger generations with historic places
    00:37:56 - The upcoming project to restore Blenheim's Victorian kitchen
    00:41:23 - Revealing that the collections team works in an unglamorous office inside the palace
    00:42:11 - Recommendation to visit Bicester Village for shopping near Blenheim
    00:44:31 - Amusing anecdotes about managing film crews, including interactions with Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Ridley Scott
    00:45:00 - The strict "no tape" rule during film shoots to protect the palace's delicate surfaces

    Guest Info
    Kate Ballenger is the current Head of Collections for Blenheim Palace.
    Kate was previously House Manager at Blenheim Palace. In her role, she managed conservation projects to preserve the palace collection, planned events, recruited and managed palace staff, and generally was in charge of overseeing the visitor business. Her day-to-day duties range from briefing cleaning staff and palace guides to monitoring the presentation of the palace and dealing with customer service issues.
    She has a degree in art history and a diploma in art conservation.

    About:
    Step inside Britain’s greatest Historic Houses, gardens and family homes through HeritageXplore, your digital gateway to discovering heritage today. Visit https://www.heritagexplore.com/

    Links and Resources:

    Blenheim Palace

    Woodstock village

    Bicester Village

    Turnbull and Asser

    Vivienne Westwood

    Jean Muir

    Bruce Oldfield

    AI Weiwei


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    • 47 min
    Unveiling Secret Histories: Alice Loxton's Top 3 UK Destinations

    Unveiling Secret Histories: Alice Loxton's Top 3 UK Destinations

    Welcome to Hidden Heritage! In this episode, our host, Lady Violet Manners, is thrilled to bring you an enchanting conversation with the remarkable Alice Loxton, a passionate author, historian, and social media influencer. Together, they delve into the realm of historic buildings, untold stories, and the captivating allure of historical content on social media.
    Join us as we explore:

    The captivating influence of social media in engaging young people with history and heritage. Alice Loxton shares her insights on leveraging platforms like TikTok and Instagram to educate and inspire a wide audience with historical content.

    Delving into the hidden history in seemingly ordinary objects and architectural details. Discover how Alice uncovers and shares the intriguing stories behind everyday historical elements, captivating audiences with her contemporary approach to historical narratives.

    Unlocking the secrets and stories behind some of the UK's most cherished historical sites, from the clandestine priest hides of Harvington Hall in Worcestershire to the majestic history of Temple Church in London. Alice Loxton vividly paints the picture of these historical gems and their significance in our collective heritage.


    So, prepare to be transported through time as Hidden Heritage takes you on a vibrant and illuminating journey through the rich tapestry of Britain's historical legacy.

    Key Points:
    00:00:05 - Introduction of Alice Loxton, historian, author, and influencer with over 1.5 million followers on social media.
    00:02:05 - Alice discusses her first destination recommendation, Harvington Hall in Worcestershire, known for its priest holes.
    00:12:12 - Alice shares her inspiration behind her book "Uproar," which reimagines Georgian Britain through the eyes of artists.
    00:18:25 - Alice recommends her second destination, the Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon, known for its mediaeval wall paintings.
    00:21:34 - Alice discusses her upcoming book "18," which explores British history through the lives of 18-year-olds across time.
    00:28:44 - Alice explains why it's important to keep heritage alive and how it enriches our daily lives.
    00:32:58 - Alice presents her final destination recommendation, Temple Church in London, a place that encompasses much of British history.
    00:39:09 - Conclusion of the podcast, with information on how to follow Alice Loxton on social media.

    Guest Info
    Alice Loxton is a historian, presenter and author with 2 million followers on social media. On her Instagram account, History_alice, Alice creates bite-size pieces of historical content for her followers.
    Her debut non-fiction history book, UPROAR!, reimagines the history of Georgian Britain through the eyes of the artists who immortalised it. It was released on 2nd March 2023, and has been Longlisted for Blackwell’s Book of the Year. It was reviewed in The Times, The New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, The Spectator, BBC History Magazine, Country Life and The Mail on Sunday.
    She has worked with a number of charities and media organisations, such as BBC News, BBC Radio London, Meta, Sky Arts, Channel 5, Channel 4, Times Radio, Christie’s, The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and The National Trust.

    About:
    Step inside Britain’s greatest Historic Houses, gardens and family homes through HeritageXplore, your digital gateway to discovering heritage today. Visit https://www.heritagexplore.com/

    Links and Resources:

    Alice Loxton's book "Uproar"

    "History of Britain in 18 Young Lives" (forthcoming book by Alice Loxton)

    Harvington Hall in Worcestershire

    Rosalind Franklin's diaries and letters

    Temple Church in London

    Shakespeare-related attractions in Stratford upon Avon

    Guild Chapel in Stratford upon Avon

    Kit Harington's film "The Gunpowder Plot"

    Nicholas Owen (catholic priest hole designer)

    www.heritagexplore.com


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    • 42 min
    The Future of UK Tourism with Visit Britain CEO Patricia Yates

    The Future of UK Tourism with Visit Britain CEO Patricia Yates

    Welcome to Hidden Heritage, where we invite you to delve into the captivating world of British heritage! In this episode, you'll join host Lady Violet Manners as she engages in a dynamic conversation with Patricia Yates, CEO of Visit Britain, to uncover the intriguing blend of history, investment, and tourism shaping the British heritage landscape.
    Tune in to discover how the UK's rich heritage is experiencing a revival post-Covid, the exciting developments in promoting historic houses and gardens, and the strategic efforts to attract international visitors. With key insights into the interconnected realm of heritage, tourism, and cultural preservation, this episode promises to inspire and encourage you to embark on your own journey of exploration. So, grab your headphones and get ready to be transported into the vibrant world of British heritage!

    Key Points:
    00:00:01 Introduction
    00:01:50 Patricia Yates explains the role of Visit Britain
    00:03:20 Discussing the importance of tourism to the UK economy
    00:04:57 Patricia's background and how she got into tourism
    00:06:54 The rise of heritage and period dramas like Bridgerton
    00:13:48 Balancing tourism and sustainability for heritage sites
    00:16:29 Patricia's first experiences with heritage (Hever Castle)
    00:18:08 Historic houses/sites Patricia wants to visit (Muncaster Castle, Bishop Auckland)
    00:19:24 The Blenheim Palace fashion exhibition
    00:20:38 Why it's important for Brits to explore UK heritage
    00:22:14 Upcoming plans and campaigns for Visit Britain
    00:25:44 Popular historic houses/sites for visitors 00:28:24 Hopes for the future of UK heritage
    00:29:54 Quick-fire questions (favourite historic house, garden, period drama etc.)
    00:31:04 Closing remarks

    Guest Info:
    Patricia is the CEO of VisitBritain/VisitEngland, a position she has held since 2022. With a background in journalism and consumer advocacy, Patricia started her career editing publications like Holiday Which? and the Which? Guide to Hotels. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of VisitBritain/VisitEngland and its global network, focused on building partnerships to grow tourism value across Britain. Patricia also chairs the Tourism Industry Emergency Response group and is an observer on the board of the Tourism Alliance.

    About:
    Step inside Britain’s greatest Historic Houses, gardens and family homes through HeritageXplore, your digital gateway to discovering heritage today. Visit https://www.heritagexplore.com/
    Links and Resources:

    Rochester Castle and Cathedral

    Hever Castle

    Raby Castle

    Blenheim Palace

    Visit Britain

    British Airways

    Muncaster Castle

    Bridgerton

    The Crown

    Great Britain campaign

    Sissinghurst Gardens

    Visit Britain's initiatives for promoting rail travel


    Thank you to the Georgian Society for the use of their venue to film this podcast. For more information, head to www.georgiansocietygroup.com
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    • 35 min
    Welcome To Hidden Heritage

    Welcome To Hidden Heritage

    Welcome to Hidden Heritage – the podcast that brings you inside Great Britain’s favourite destinations with help from custodians, historians, artisans and experts.
    From the same team that brought you the No.1 History podcast Duchess, Hidden Heritage uncovers the fascinating stories behind the UK brightest hidden gems. With the help from the biggest voices within British heritage, Hidden Heritage will explore some of the key challenges facing national heritage today and how they can be addressed.
    Hosted by Lady Violet Manners, founder of HeritageX and Executive Producer of the hit podcast Duchess, this podcast shares the untold & unique stories that celebrate UK heritage. From landmarks to architecture, artefacts to myths & legends, Hidden Heritage will highlight a side to British history you have never seen before. This is Hidden Heritage.
    Step inside Britain's greatest Historic Houses, gardens and family homes through HeritgeXplore, your digital gateway to discovering heritage today. Visit  https://www.heritagexplore.com/
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    • 2 min
    The Architecture of Knowsley Hall (Bonus Episode)

    The Architecture of Knowsley Hall (Bonus Episode)

    Episode Description:
    On this very special bonus episode, the Countess of Derby sits down with architectural historian Dr John Martin Robinson FSA to discuss the architecture of Knowsley Hall. In the episode, Lady Derby learns how the Stanley rebuilt their family seat after Lathom House was destroyed, and Dr Robinson explains the significant and unique architectural facets of the house, and Lady Derby reveals how she and her husband brought Knowsley back to life.
    About Knowsley Hall:
    Knowsley Hall began life as a medieval hunting lodge in the 12th century, but the earliest part of today’s building dates from about 1500. The hall has been progressively added to over the years and now is a structure boasting a Georgian façade and Jacobean, Baroque and Victorian interiors. The house was significantly rebuilt in the early 18th century by the 10th Earl, and was enlarged again by the Victorian Earls of Derby. Knowsley Hall has over 100 rooms, 20 bedrooms, and two libraries. The State Dining Room, with its 50ft-high ceiling, can seat 50 people at one long table. The parkland alone stretches to 2,500 acres, within of the 12,000 acre estate in Northern England. Shakespeare’s first company of actors – Lord Strange’s Men - performed in the hall under the patronage of the, the 5th Earl. The performance-loving 6th Earl continued the family’s patronage of Shakespeare; ’A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was probably first performed at his wedding to Elizabeth de Vere in front of Queen Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace. Edward Lear, who popularised the limerick poetic form, wrote his nonsense poems in the hall for the grandchildren of the 12th Earl. Today the hall is home to the 19th Earl and Countess of Derby and their family. Under Lord & Lady Derby’s custodianship, Knowsley has enjoyed a renaissance as a centre of learning & community, welcoming people from across the globe.
    About the Host:
    The Countess of Derby was born Caroline Emma Neville in 1963, the daughter of Robin Neville, 10th Baron Braybrooke, of the House of Neville, and Robin Helen Brockhoff. Having studied History of Art, Lady Derby previously worked as assistant to the Curator of the Queen’s Pictures, at Windsor Castle. In 1994 she married Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl of Derby, with whom she has three children. Lady Derby competes in dressage, currently holding the title of National Music Champion at Prix St Georges level. As custodian of Knowsley Hall, Lady Derby has overseen a vast restoration of both the hall and it’s collection, which has furthered her interest in art and history. Lady Derby also works with a collection of local organisations and charities in her local area.
    Resources:
    Book your private stay today: https://knowsley.com/privatestays/
    Order your copy of A Grand Tour journal 1820-22; The Awakening of the Man, edited by Professor Angus Hawkins. Published by Fontill Media. Now available on Amazon.com (http://amazon.com/)
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
303 Ratings

303 Ratings

CraigRamsgate ,

The Derbys

Really fantastic series on the Derbys. Incredible family with stories and connections not at all well known enough. Lady Derby such a knowledgable and gracious host. What a wonderful, fascinating listen every week. Thank you.

Slav15 ,

Correct pronunciation please.

I love that Emma Manners has kept this podcast going albeit under a new name and so far the weekly sessions have worked well and she is doing a great job but please can you change the introduction music back as what is currently being played is truly AWFUL. It does not reflect the subject matter at all and the reproduction is terrible, it sounds like something off a true crime podcast rather than the lovely uplifting original intro and intermittent music on The Duchess.

miffysmate ,

Fabulous inside chat

Fabulous that you are back, I have been waiting patiently! Loving the topics this series and the chat with your mother was fascinating to listen to.

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