As Upton is the home to Lord Bearsted’s fabulous art and porcelain collection, as well as gardens designed by Lady Bearsted, it has always been easy to see how they spent their fortune. Over the last few years we have begun to discover more about the family’s philanthropy. This year, we have decided to share these stories.
The Oral History Project (launched in 2009) and the management of our archives at Upton uncovered new information about Lord and Lady Bearsted. Stories about staff who previously worked at Upton House & Gardens, receipts, letters accompanying donations, and other correspondence have been pieced together to give an insight as to how Lord and Lady Bearsted used Upton and made connections with the local community.
We have been busy working on this new theme for our property and we are thrilled to be telling new stories to our visitors. Next time you visit Upton, watch our new film, take a look at Lord Bearsted’s work with the art world in our ‘Shell & the Art of Advertising’ exhibition, ask our volunteers to share stories with you or immerse yourself in a scrapbook in the house to read letters and archive documents.
What will you discover about their local, national and international philanthropy?