Special Event: A Passion for Fashion- Talk and Trip to Blenheim Palace

WI Member: £67.00

Non Member: £72.00


Starts: Friday, 10 July 2020 at 11:00AM
Ends: Friday, 10 July 2020 at 5:00PM
Available spaces: 50

Tutor: Not Applicable

Denman is delighted to welcome back Antonia Kearney to give a talk on her recently published book A Passion for Fashion. Set against a backdrop of Blenheim Palace, A Passion for Fashion provides an amusing look at some of the clothes, underclothes, shoes and accessories worn by many of the more colourful characters in its 300-year history, as well as a cautionary look at the role that arsenic, lead, mercury and mousetraps played in the fashions of the day.

The Palace is renowned for many things, but one of its leading claims to fame is that it is the birth place of a certain Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill – twice prime minister of Great Britain and accomplished writer, artist, sometime bricklayer and arguably, in fashion terms, the inventor of the ubiquitous and ever popular ‘Onesie’! 

A Passion for Fashion brings 300 years of Blenheim style to life.

After this fascinating talk, and a lovely two course Denman lunch, we will make away across to Blenheim Palace so you can see for yourself some of the pieces that Antonia has been explaining.

Please note: there will be an opportunity to purchase copies on Antonia’s book as part of the event.

Outline of the Event:

11am- attendees arrive for tea/Coffee pastries

11.30-12.30- Talk and Q&A

12.30-13.30- 2 course Denman lunch

13.45 coach to leave Denman to travel to Blenheim

16.30- depart Blenheim

17.00- arrive back at Denman

About Antonia:

Antonia Keaney joined Blenheim Palace in 2008 as a member of the Education Team, then later took on the role of Social History Researcher for the Palace.  She has curated a number of exhibitions at Blenheim including ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ in 2013 and the hugely successful ‘Passion for Fashion – 300 years of Style at Blenheim Palace’ in 2017.

Researching and delivering talks has always been a favourite part of her role and in addition to speaking at varied venues, Antonia has delivered a ‘Conversation’ at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, been in Conversation with fashion editor, Caroline Issa at a Bicester Village Brunch, hosted an event at Soho Farmhouse, made a guest appearance on Radio 4’s Saturday Live Show with the Reverend Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir and, most recently appeared, with John Craven on BBC’s Countryfile and Phil Spencer in his Stately Homes series for Channel 4.

In her spare time, Antonia enjoys the company of her family and her dogs – particularly Percy, the wire-haired Dachshund, who has inspired her to write and illustrate her first children’s book – Percy at the Palace (a Dog’s Eye View of Blenheim).  She is currently working on her second children’s book, Percy and the Pug (Chatting with Churchill). 

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

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