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Painshill Park's restored glory celebrated
A special exhibition will be held at the country’s most elegant 18th century garden to showcase how it has inspired people across the years.
A range of written accounts, artwork, textiles, film, poetry and interviews will be displayed at Painshill by the people who have contributed to and supported the Living Memories project through the park’s decay to its restoration and current glory.
Steered by Kath Clark, joint principal gardener of Painshill, and Cherrill Sands, Painshill consultant, the project has taken a year to complete.
The exhibition has been contributed to by members, visitors, staff, volunteers, schools and community groups, with them sharing their memories of how the landscape at Painshill has inspired them.
Clark says: “The Living Memories campaign unites everyone whose lives have been touched by the magic of the beautiful 18th century landscape garden.
“It has been an extraordinary journey in collecting these memories as we have heard from people of all ages and as far away as Australia.
“On behalf of Painshill, I would like to say a big thank to everyone who has taken part.”
Visitors to living memories will also be able to make and decorate their own 18th century hat and living memory postcard in a textile workshop.
The exhibition will contribute to the archives of the heritage site and will provide research which can be used for to aid education in the future.
Living Memories Exhibition; Epsom Painshill Park, Cobham; August 24 and 25, 10.30am to 5.30pm; included in normal admission price; visit painshill.co.uk/living-memories-exhibition.
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