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Photos give rare look at reality of life at Holkham Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:42 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:07 15 October 2015

Lord Thomas and Lady Polly Coke with their chidren, right, Juno, centre, Hermione and Edward and left, Elizabeth. Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins/MAGNUM

Lord Thomas and Lady Polly Coke with their chidren, right, Juno, centre, Hermione and Edward and left, Elizabeth. Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins/MAGNUM

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The Earl and Countess of Leicester are private people, so when they gave Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins unrestricted access to Holkham Hall for a year, the resulting exhibition of intimate photographs show the reality of living and working at a 21st century stately home.

Household staff at Holkham Hall taking breakfast. Photo by Chris Steele-PerkinsHousehold staff at Holkham Hall taking breakfast. Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins

The exhibition portrays aspects of the estate that are rarely visible to visitors; a glimpse into a world that is both familiar and extraordinary, portraying how a young family, over 200 employees and 21 different businesses live and work together in one of Norfolk’s most beautiful landscapes.

Talking about the exhibition Lord Leicester said: “Holkham in this generation is a fascinating mix of business interests and custodian responsibilities.

We must develop new ideas and create new income streams while maintaining the great heritage we have at Holkham.

“We also have a big responsibility to conserve the many aspects of the estate from conservation of wildlife and landscapes to caring for great works of art and historic furniture and furnishings.

Holkham Estate's gamekeepers. From Left, Austin Pinney, Steve Herrieven, Daniel Yeates-Cornwall, Head gamekeeper Kevan McCaig, Martin Joyce and Glyn Ingram. Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins/MAGNUMHolkham Estate's gamekeepers. From Left, Austin Pinney, Steve Herrieven, Daniel Yeates-Cornwall, Head gamekeeper Kevan McCaig, Martin Joyce and Glyn Ingram. Photo by Chris Steele-Perkins/MAGNUM

“This can only be achieved through teamwork and we are fortunate to have such excellent teams looking after everything at Holkham.”

The exhibition is open to visitors until October 31 from noon-4pm on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at Holkham Hall.

For further details visit www.holkham.co.uk

This article is from the Autumn edition of Royal Coast Resident which is on sale for £3.99 in newsagents.


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