New for 2020: The International Country House

We traditionally view Normanby Hall as a typical English country house. This exhibition invites you to look again… The Regency period was a time of travel and discovery. As a result, the Hall is bursting with influences from many different cultures. From the architecture to the furnishings, and from the use of items to the techniques used to make them.

Move through the Regency rooms and discover the clues hidden in plain sight. This exhibition is a multicultural celebration. This is not an English Country House. This is an International Country House.

Open 6 March to 1 November  2020

New for 2020: International Fashion

Discover the influences of world cultures in fashion past and present in the costume gallery on the first floor. Take a trip around the four corners of the world and explore the materials, techniques and inventions that come from different countries. Items from the costume collection highlight just some of the influences from around the world.

Open from 6 March

New for 2020: Artists in the Hall

Something a little different is coming to the Hall in 2020, when our displays will be joined by stunning new contemporary artworks. The striking new installations include a grotesque dinner service by London based ceramic artist Lindsey Mendick, curtains by acclaimed Glasgow based designers Timorous Beasties, a chandelier featuring visitors’ faces by Mandy Keating and a
new part-sculpture and part-functional furniture Sphinx piece by Canadian artist Ian Kirkpatrick.

We hope to draw attention to some of the overlooked cultural influences found in the designs and decoration at Normanby Hall, and get people of all ages talking about art, decoration and design.

Open from 6 March

New for 2020: Every Object Tells a Story

Everyone has objects that are dear to them: objects which have been handed down through the family, have survived a journey, been given by a loved one or kept to commemorate an important time. They hold meaning for their owners who tell stories about them based on their personal significance or importance to the family or community. For this exhibition visitors are invited to show us their object and tell us why it is important to them.

Open from 6 March

New for 2020: Normanby and the Sheffields

Normanby and the Sheffields in the Entrance Hall sets the scene for a visit through the house, outlining the history of Normanby Hall and its estate. Visitors will also be able to discover the history of the Sheffield family, owners of the house and estate for over 400 years.

On the first floor find out what it was like to work as a servant at the Hall in Life Below Stairs. Including photographs of the servants’ wing which was demolished in 1949, this display will complement the Servants Trail which visitors can follow through the park.

Open from 6 March

Normanby at War

‘Normanby at War’ explores the period between 1914 and early 1919, when the Sheffield family volunteered Normanby Hall as an Auxiliary Hospital. Here, soldiers convalesced after being treated for injuries received on the front line during the First World War. A ‘hospital book’, kept by the clerk at Normanby Hall revealed a wealth of information about the auxiliary hospital, the patients and the family.

Photographs and autographs of the soldiers are displayed along with two original hospital beds, medical equipment and personal artefacts. Visitors can also explore Normanby Hall’s role in the Second World War, when amphibious tanks were secretly tested on the River Trent at Burton-upon-Stather.


Sphinx from Normanby Hall's International Country House exhibition
Chandelier from the International Country House exhibition
Costume from International Country House exhibition