The Extraordinary Story of the Bankes Family of Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy

Julian Black

South West
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: Min £50 to National Trust for childrens' activities Plus just 20p per mile outside Dorset
12th May 2019
National Trust | Art History | General And Local History

In 1635 Sir John Bankes bought Corfe Castle as a family home and the following year he purchased the land where Kingston Lacy would be built by his son 1981 a different Ralph Bankes offered the estates to the National Trust. It was the largest bequest that the National Trust ever received including

  • an amazing art collection including works by Rubens, Titian, Velasquez, Raphael, van Dyck, Tintoretto and many more
  • the largest private collection of Egyptian artifacts in the UK *16,000 acres of Dorset coast and countryside
  • much much more! How did they achieve all this....well the story is quite extraordinary asthis fully illustrated talk will try and explain!
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About Julian Black

My background is as an art historian and as a guide at Kingston Lacy House, the beautiful National Trust property in Dorset. I have researched the history of the house and its original owners, the Bankes family, and now enjoy telling their extraordinary story either as a 1+ hour talk or as a shorter after dinner talk. The talks are fully illustrated - so I need a projector and screen (or I can supply my own). You will not be disappointed - in fact you will will almost certainly want to pay a visit to both Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle as soon as you can arrange it! I'd love to come and share this great story with you.

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