Wollaton Hall hosts exhibition based on the building and its history

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The Close Distance exhibition opens in the magnificent rooftop Prospect Room at Wollaton Hall on Wednesday 8 March. With views across the surrounding park and city beyond,

Artists Caroline Broadhead, Nic Sandiland and Angela Woodhouse have taken inspiration from the building’s history and inhabitants, exploring such details as 17th century embroidered costume belonging to the Middleton family who once lived in the Hall, and the doors that separated the kitchens and servants’ quarters from the family rooms upstairs.

Sandiland and Woodhouse have worked with image, sound, and movement to create a series of intimate film works that are integrated with Broadhead’s reinvented found objects. All these elements find synergy in this atmospheric installation.

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The three artists describe the installation: “…Images will shift from the open landscape to the enclosed and restricted spaces in which the servants were confined, indicating the labours and life that differentiated the people, their roles and their position in the 17th century household.”

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There are two ways to visit the exhibition. Visitors can book on to one of the special ‘Talk and View’ events, taking place between 1 and 3pm every Wednesday and Saturday between 8 March and the close of the exhibition on 1 May.

Each ‘Talk and View’ will be conducted by a Nottingham-based artist or performer, lasting approximately 45 minutes, including time to view the work. Talks are £3 per person, bookings can be made in advance via www.wollatonhall.org.uk/close-distance. For further details please call 0115 876 1433.

Close Distance can also be seen during Wollaton’s existing Prospect Room tours, taking place at 12 noon and 2pm daily (£5 per person). The Prospect Room is only accessible via a spiral staircase and so Illuminate, Nottingham Museums’ Young Arts Collective, have made a short film that documents the making of Close Distance. This will be shown on the ground floor of the Hall, which is fully accessible and runs throughout the exhibition.

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Talk and View visits are also available to pre-booked school/student groups, free of charge. Please call 0115 876 1433.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “This is a fantastic and unusual way for visitors to experience the magnificent rooftop Prospect Room at Wollaton Hall. It is also a real opportunity to see one of the rooms that the public see least often. By using artists to tell stories in this innovative way, we hope visitors will be able to learn more about the history of the building and the families who once lived there.”

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Close Distance is commissioned by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. It is part of Dance4’s Nottdance festival, taking place between 8–12 March.

Nottdance 2017, Nottingham’s festival of choreographic ideas foregrounding new works, discourse and research will be five days of unexpected provocations, a place where pioneering ideas begin. For more information, please visit www.dance4.co.uk.


  1. I like Wooley Hall. I parachuted into the grounds for the 50th anniversary of D-Day 1944. The US veterans who were based there in WW2 came over and their group was lead by Lt. Col. O B Hill US Airborne Forces (he was known as “OB”).
    He signed my parachute log book.
    Alas, happy days gone forever and ever….
    Joe Forster (OAP 70+)
    Member of The RAF Association.

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