In the manor of its history
Keith (pictured) and Paul Martin host The Manor Reborn, a fourpart series, in which a team of historians, experts and volunteers reinterpret 500-year-old Avebury Manor in Wiltshire, UK, putting the country house into a national and historic perspective. From the age of Elizabeth I through to the eve of World War II – and taking inspiration from other houses throughout the country – the series and project reflects the story of Britain over five centuries, exploring a wide range of craft and furniture-making skills. The house will be restored as an immersive experience – it will be one of few National Trust properties open to the public where visitors can touch, sit on and enjoy all aspects of the house. This series opens with designer Russell Sage and the experts, architectural writer Dan Cruickshank and historian Anna Whitelock making their pitch to persuade the National Trust. The team want to reflect the people who lived in the house through the decor rather than by restoring the rooms to their original state. But, steeped in tradition and history, can the National Trust accept the idea of interpretation for this 500-year-old manor house?
Sundays, 7.30pm, ABC1