Victorious is an exciting two month long exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.
Weston Park enjoyed a strong connection with Queen Victoria, as the 3rd Earl Bradford was Master of the Horse and Prime Minister Disraeli was a close family friend.
The exhibition will explore this close relationship and celebrate Queen Victoria’s reign using the unique historic collection here at Weston Park.
Queen Victoria’s reign was a time of immense social, economic and artistic change. The old world, from the generation of the Battle of Waterloo, was transformed to the world of technological innovation that was celebration by the Great Exhibition of 1851. Weston Park, perhaps more than any other British country house, witnessed a monumental level of change that was mirrored in the fortunes of its owners, the 3rd Earl and Countess of Bradford, whose Royal court positions increased as Queen Victoria’s reign progressed. Whilst the so-called agricultural depression of the second half of the nineteenth century decimated some landed estates, Weston Park was in its prime with royalties pouring in from coal, limestone and iron ore reserves and from urban leases in Bolton, Wigan and Walsall. The advent of the railways, with Shifnal Station opening in 1849, heralded the hey-day of the country house party and Weston Park itself became a centre of both hospitality and influence.
Victorious will tell the story of Weston Park and the Victorian world in which it was developing, with discussions about the Royal connections that this remarkable estate and its people enjoyed. We look at the people that made it all possible, from the courtiers to the colliers and consider how the innovations in transport revolutionised communications. For the first time, important paintings and works of art from the House collection will be put on display, from George Housman Thomas’s Investiture of the Sultan on Board the Royal Yacht, to the spectacular Aubusson carpet which Disraeli gifted to the Earl and Countess of Bradford and which has, for many years, been hidden away in conservation storage.
Victorious will also look at the role of the family at Weston Park, and the parties that focused on celebration and commemoration. Discover about the phenomenal celebrations that took place in 1894 for three generations of the family when the 3rd Earl and Countess celebrated their Golden Wedding, their son and daughter in law, Viscount and Viscount Newport (later 4th Earl and Countess) celebrated their Silver Wedding, and when their grandson, the Hon. Orlando Bridgeman (later 5th Earl) celebrated his Coming of Age.
11am – 4pm | Free Entry