Residents of Sherborne care home discover passion, fun and politics in Cliveden

Residents enjoying the virtual tour of Cliveden

Submitted by Barchester Healthcare

Staff and residents of a care home in Sherborne, Dorset, were treated to the first of a series of live lectures and tours of Cliveden, led by the house and chapel guides from the National Trust Talks Service.

The famous National Trust property has offered virtual tours throughout the pandemic so people can continue to enjoy all the history Cliveden has to offer.

Volunteers gave residents of Trinity Manor nursing home in Barchester a tour of the famous house, looking in depth at the many stories of Cliveden over its 350-year history, from evil Dukes to outrageous headlines and garden designs revolutionaries with political notoriety.

Beginning with the Duke of Buckingham who built the first house in 1666, residents met key owners who helped shape the house and its gardens, including the Orkney, Sutherland and Astor families.

The lecture was accompanied by an illustrated presentation which brought these individuals to life and showed how their influence in Cliveden continues to this day.

Lucy Tomlinson, Resident Experience Manager for Barchester Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to be working with wonderful places like Cliveden to bring a wide range of fantastic experiences into our homes for all to enjoy. We are very grateful to the volunteers for sharing their knowledge of Cliveden with us.

“Our varied life enrichment program keeps residents active and provides a daily choice of physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.”

Activities co-ordinator Laura McAllister said: ‘We all learned so much this afternoon, it was so interesting to hear about all the getaways that have taken place in Cliveden over the centuries.

“Our residents loved learning about the different families that have been associated with the house and how they each contributed to its past and shaped its future.”

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