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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 cele...

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Recent Episodes of Hidden Heritage


Discovering Castle Ward: The Franken House of Ireland with Geoff Heath-Taylor

Discovering Castle Ward: The Franken House of Ireland with Geoff Heath-Taylor

Welcome to Hidden Heritage, where the rich tapestry of Great Britain's historical treasures comes to life. Geoff Heath-Taylor, a renowned historian and author, joins Lady Violet Manners in this episode as they travel through the tenacity of cultural artifacts, the beauty of historic homes, and the significance of preserving national identity.

In this episode, Geoff Heath-Taylor discusses the loss of cultural artefacts during wars and revolutions, advocating for the restitution of looted goods. He also introduces the magnificent Chettle House in Dorset and the importance of historic houses in shaping culture. Moreover, they unravel the challenges faced...

Episode 7 11 July 2024 51m and 55s


From Durham to Belvoir: A Journey Through John Goodall’s Hidden Heritage

From Durham to Belvoir: A Journey Through John Goodall’s Hidden Heritage

Step inside British history with Hidden Heritage, the podcast that uncovers the stories behind the nation's most beloved destinations. Join host Lady Violet Manners, as she delves into the architectural wonders, family histories, and cultural gems that make up the fabric of British heritage.

In this episode, architect and historian John Goodall shares his passion for ancestral connections in old buildings and the physical expression of this in churches. As he delves into the fascinating archives at Belvoir and unravels the remarkable story of a divided estate, listeners will discover the intricate human stories behind historic places.<...

Episode 6 4 July 2024 1h, 2m and 39s


The Dark History of the Hellfire Caves Revealed by Victoria Dashwood Chase

The Dark History of the Hellfire Caves Revealed by Victoria Dashwood Chase

In this episode of Hidden Heritage, listeners are in for a treat as Lady Violet Manners takes them on an entrancing journey into the heart of the illustrious Hellfire Caves with Victoria Dashwood Chase.

Unravel the mystique surrounding these ancient underground passages, delve into their tumultuous history with the notorious Hellfire Club, and witness the metamorphosis of this captivating heritage site.

From delving into the architectural marvels and the family-friendly escapades to recounting ghostly encounters, this is an episode that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Prepare to uncover...

Episode 5 27 June 2024 33m and 53s


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...

Episode 4 20 June 2024 59m and 16s


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...

Episode 3 13 June 2024 47m and 44s


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...

Episode 2 6 June 2024 42m and 12s


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...

Episode 1 30 May 2024 35m and 10s


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...

Episode 28 May 2024 2m and 39s


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...

Episode 22 September 2023 23m and 12s


Knowsley Hall Park & Gardens; the 13th Earl’s Aviary & Menagerie, Edward Lear; and the Safari Park

Knowsley Hall Park & Gardens; the 13th Earl’s Aviary & Menagerie, Edward Lear; and the Safari Park

Episode Description:

In this episode, the Countess of Derby meets John Phibbs, Dr David Jacques and Dr Clemency Fisher to explore the fascinating story behind how the park and gardens at Knowsley were created. They discuss Capability Brown, what he did on the estate and why he’s considered England's greatest gardener. Lady Derby also learns how the 13th Earl built the largest private zoo ever and how his work helped save animals from extinction. They also investigate the 13th Earl’s friendship with Edward Lear, and how the young illustrator and writer would later work and live...

Episode 21 September 2023 37m and 50s

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