Special exhibitions allow items to be displayed in a new and intimate context.
The Treasury is a purpose-built display area which gives the opportunity for a series of special exhibitions that focus upon areas of the collection that cannot usually be displayed in the staterooms.In recent years there have been exhibitions of the world famous Burghley collection of Chinese snuff bottles, rare Japanese Kakiemon ceramics, of treasures from the Elizabethan period, European ceramics and a stunning collection of Japanese Lacquer.
The Georgians at Burghley
The 2016 Treasury exhibition, ‘The Georgians at Burghley’ reflects the collecting of the Earls of Exeter at Burghley throughout the reigns of George I to George IV, encompassing the years 1714-1830. It includes, amongst other things, many pieces previously not exhibited: fine glassware, items of silver-gilt and an exceptional volume of botanical illustrations, as well as pieces of European porcelain, which will be more familiar.
One of the lead items is a George II silver-gilt helmet-shaped ewer, Benjamin Pyne, London 1727. The Royal Arms on the ewer, and its date, suggest that this was the Almoner’s fee received by Brownlow, 8th Earl of Exeter at the Coronation of George II in 1727. The role of Almoner has been held by Earls and Marquesses of Exeter since the early 17th Century. Benjamin Pyne (c.1653-1732) was the leading London goldsmith of his time.
‘Capability’ Brown at Burghley
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s Tercentenary in 2016 will celebrate the life of the ‘father of landscape architecture’ and while he worked on many sites, Burghley provides a shining example of both his gardening and building skills.
Brown largely designed the parkland and gardens during the 18th century, but England’s greatest Elizabethan house also provides a less well-known aspect of the celebrated landscaper’s life – his architecture.
Believed to be his longest commission, during which he not only landscaped the grounds but also constructed buildings, Brown later recalled his work at the house – on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford – as “25 years of pleasure”. Our dedicated exhibition and information leaflet will show his work at Burghley in the context of his career and the parkland where his work can still enjoyed.