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The story behind a great Shropshire estate which is regarded as one of the National Trust’s most successful properties will be shared at University Centre Shrewsbury.

People are invited to the free lecture ‘Attingham Park: A Story of Love and Neglect’ at Rowley’s House in Shrewsbury town centre on Wednesday May 25.

Ian Purchase, a volunteer at Attingham since 2006, will present the lecture from 1pm to 2.15pm, as part of a series of Rowley’s Lunchtime Lectures on stately homes taking place this spring.

The Attingham mansion combines a handsome Neo-Classical building with some extravagant Regency interiors. It is enclosed by an important parkland and nearly 4,000 acres of working estate.

Ian said: “Attingham Park is still one of Shropshire’s great estates. It was founded in the early 18th century and its subsequent history varied with the fortunes of the Berwick family until 1947, when it was acquired by the National Trust.

“Since 2000 the Trust has developed an imaginative and energetic restoration programme, making Attingham one of the most successful of the Trust’s properties.”

Ian has been able to add to the story of Attingham with his research into the family and the estate. British 18th and 19th century history has been a new venture for him since his career in higher education was based in American Studies as a teacher, university programme manager and member of national validation and quality assurance agencies.

The series of stately homes lectures continues on Wednesday June 1 with ‘A Miniature Kew: Dr Lettsom’s Garden in Camberwell’ and ‘Bling, Booze and Groupie Sex - Presenting Byron’s Newstead’ on Wednesday June 8.

All these lectures are being held from 1pm to 2.15pm at Rowley’s House.

To book places for the lectures email or call 01743 297185.

Alternatively, people can visit the information point at Guildhall at Frankwell Quay (SY3 8HQ) which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Fridays or Rowley’s House at Barker Street (SY1 1QH) on Wednesdays between 11am and 2pm.

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