Royal Visit

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HRH The Princess Royal toured the ‘Chatsworth Re­newed... Past, Present and Fu­ture’ ex­hi­bi­tion, met ar­ti­sans in­volved in the ten-year restora­tion pro­ject and of­fi­cially opened Chatsworth’s new learn­ing cen­tre on 5th Oc­to­ber.

A pot­ting shed in the heart of the his­toric gar­den has been con­verted to cre­ate a fully ac­ces­si­ble be­spoke in­door learn­ing space that is ca­pa­ble of host­ing up to 70 stu­dents at a time. Run by the Devon­shire Ed­u­ca­tional Trust (DET), the new fa­cil­ity has been in use since May and has al­ready hosted a range of learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for pri­mary, se­condary, higher ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity groups. Its cre­ation has been made pos­si­ble by fund­ing from the Der­byshire Char­ity Clay Shoot, the Duke of Devon­shire’s Char­i­ta­ble Trust and the Garfield We­ston Foun­da­tion. As well as 20,000 for­mal ed­u­ca­tional vis­i­tors a year, Chatsworth’s ed­u­ca­tion team works with a range of dis­ad­van­taged groups in­clud­ing chil­dren in care, young car­ers, refugees and lo­cal BAME (black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic) com­mu­nity groups. The new cen­tre will al­low them to de­velop and im­prove their ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme and in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple tak­ing part.

Lord Burling­ton, chair of DET, said:

‘As well as ex­pand­ing what we of­fer, the new Learn­ing Cen­tre will help us to pro­vide an even deeper level of con­nec­tion with the vast ar­ray of re­sources avail­able at Chatsworth, not only for chil­dren but for peo­ple of all ages, by of­fer­ing them learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties of the high­est qual­ity.’

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HRH The Princess Royal of­fi­cially opens the Old Pot­ting Shed

HRH Princess Anne and Sir Ti­mothy Lau­rence with Lord Burling­ton, the Duchess of Devon­shire, Lord-lieu­tenant of Der­byshire Wil­liam Tucker, Jill Tucker, the Duke of Devon­shire and Lady Burling­ton at the Old Pot­ting Shed where chil­dren from Pil­s­ley C of E School are at work

HRH The Princess Royal meets Lord Burling­ton, chair of Devon­shire Ed­u­ca­tional Trust

HRH The Princess Royal and Chatsworth’s Head of Gar­dens Steve Porter

Phoebe Porter meets HRH Princess Anne

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