Hidden Treasures of the National Trust Episode 2 (BBC Two, Friday 17 May 2024)

Hidden Treasure of the National Trust

In the second episode of Hidden Treasures of the National Trust, airing on BBC Two on Friday 17 May 2024, the series explores two luxurious mansions with a rich history of societal influence: Cliveden House and Polesden Lacey.

This episode explores the stories behind these magnificent estates, located on the outskirts of London. Cliveden House, formerly owned by Nancy Astor, is known for the lavish parties it hosted. The episode sheds light on the estate’s rich political and social history. Meanwhile, Polesden Lacey, a weekend retreat for Margaret Greville, heir to the McEwan’s brewing empire, played a pivotal role in society through the country house weekends it hosted.

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In addition to the insights into these grand mansions, the episode also turns its attention to two specific artefacts in need of attention and restoration. An Edwardian clock tower, facing an uncertain future, requires urgent intervention to preserve its timeless charm. Plus, a Renaissance balustrade, likely once a stunning feature, now requires careful conservation to restore its former glory.

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Hidden Treasures of the National Trust continues its exploration of the dedicated teams who care for these historic properties, offering a unique insight into the challenges and rewards of preserving Britain’s cultural heritage.

Hidden Treasures of the National Trust: Episode 2 airs on Friday 17 May 2024, at 9:00 pm on BBC Two.

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