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The history and highlights of Weston Park, from medieval times to the V-Festival, will be the subject of the first in a new series of free lectures hosted by University Centre Shrewsbury.

Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning to the Weston Park Foundation, will present the lecture at Rowley’s House in Shrewsbury town centre on Wednesday May 18.

The talk, running from 1pm to 2.15pm, is one of four Rowley’s Lunchtime Lectures on stately homes taking place this spring.

Weston Park is the former home of the Earls of Bradford and its great park, which straddles the Shropshire and Staffordshire borders, contains one of the greatest of English country house collections, with exceptional paintings, furniture, tapestries and ceramics.

Gareth said: “The talk considers not only the history of the property, but also the sustainability and relevance of Weston Park, which is now owned by an independent conservation and learning charity, in the 21st century.”

Gareth is passionate about sustainable heritage and is a widely acclaimed speaker on a variety of subjects within this field.

He was appointed Curator and Head of Learning to the Weston Park Foundation in 2006 and has received a Heart of England Tourism Award for his successful development of international cultural tourism at the property. Previously he has worked for Sotheby’s and the National Trust.

The series of stately homes lectures continues on Wednesday May 25 with ‘Attingham Park: A Story of Love and Neglect’, followed by ‘A Miniature Kew: Dr Lettsom’s Garden in Camberwell’ on Wednesday June 1 and ‘Bling, Booze and Groupie Sex - Presenting Byron’s Newstead’ on Wednesday June 8.

All four lectures will be 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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