Events 2017

We have one last special event of the 2017 season which is a visit by the Royal Academy Friends on Wednesday, 25th October, as part of their ‘Secret Shropshire’ tour of historic houses in the county. The RA Friends are coming to tour the house and see a remarkable new work in the Gatehouse by the artist Adam Dant. He has just finished a spectacular new gilded wall painting, augmented by the addition of a sixteenth century inspired decorative ceiling, in the Gatehouse archway. It depicts the grail-like story of the Parliamentary Mace from 1066 to the present day. Adam was the official general election artist of 2015 and has work in the V &A, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and is collected by HRH Prince of Wales. Whilst painting here up a ladder over the last few weeks, Adam also drew the prize for our annual raffle to raise funds for Upton Cressett’s Norman church of St Michael’s. See image below. The winner drove all the way from Suffolk as part of a Merlin Event classic car rally early in the year.

We hope many of you will come and see Adam’s unique new work of art which is the latest mural at Upton Cressett in a series that he began seven years ago. Country Life have described them as ‘remarkable wall and ceiling paintings’.

For anybody who would like to meet Adam, he has kindly agreed to give an extra talk about his work to the ‘Friends of Upton Cressett’ at 11am (arrive 10.30am) on 25th October  (talk, tea and biscuits in the Gatehouse at £5). Places will be limited so please email to reserve a place.

 For any other enquiries please email