Exhibitions and Special Collections

For information about our 2018 exhibition,  click here Births, Deaths and Inheritance, A Year of Anniversaries 

PAST EXHIBITIONS (Now Closed, but if you are interested in discovering more, please get in touch.)

2017 Home Sweet Home


Tracing the links, through blood and marriage, to the owners of many houses with family connections to Kiplin Hall: from Ashington Hall to Alton Towers, Belton to Blickling, Danby Wiske to Duncombe Park, St. Martin’s Lane to Stoke Rochford Hall. Many houses, large and small, in Britain and abroad, feature in this insightful peek into the homes of Kiplin’s extended families.


2016 My Darling Sally: Sarah Carpenter of Kiplin Hall and Stoke Rochford

 Sarah Carpenter Kiplin Hall

This new exhibition looks at the life of Sarah, the apple of Walter Carpenter’s eye. ‘Sally’ was his only daughter, born in 1876 to Maria Mundy, who died of puerperal fever shortly after her baby’s birth.

Sarah was brought up by her Talbot aunts, the Countess Brownlow of Belton House and Ashridge Park, the Marchioness of Lothian of Blickling Hall and the Countess of Pembroke of Wilton House, until her father’s marriage to Beatrice de Grey in 1887.

 Sarah's father inherited Kiplin in 1868, but continued with his naval career for 20 years. From 1889, the Hall once again became a much-loved home.

Sarah Carpenter of Kiplin Hall

Walter died in 1904 and the house and 5000 acre estate passed to Sarah. In 1907 she married the architect, author and agricultural reformer, Christopher Turnor of Stoke Rochford in Lincolnshire

Much of the Kiplin estate was sold, and with it went the income to support the Hall.

Marking 140 years since Sarah's birth, archives, photographs and objects will throw light on the life of one of Kiplin's lesser known owners.   

2015 Archaeology Exhibition - Charting Chipeling - One Thousand and One Finds 

The 2014 Heritage Lottery funded archaeology project, which was carried out by Solstice Heritage, has added to our knowledge of the area around Kiplin, which was recorded as ‘Chipeling’ in the Domesday survey of 1086.

Through the millennia before the township of Chipeling existed, the area was home to prehistoric hunter-gatherers, early farmers and invading Romans who founded the town of Catterick. Later there were Saxon kings and warriors, and medieval monks farmed the land at Kiplin and milled grain to support nearby Easby Abbey.

The Earl and Countess of Tyrconnel took an interest in archaeology, and late Bronze Age, Roman and Saxon objects were found on the estate, including 3 late Bronze Age gold torque-shaped bracelets.

 In 2014 excavation trenches produced 1,001 small finds ranging from Mesolithic flints to Arts and Crafts pottery, indicating activity for thousands of years.

Tantalisingly, a medieval road and the demolished remains of a possibly late medieval building were also discovered.

Find out more at www.chartingchipeling.co.uk

Charting Chipeling - 1,001 Archaeological Finds    Late Bronze Age Gold Torque Bracelet     Heritage Lottery Funded project

Special Collections

In addition to our general collection of material relating to the history of Kiplin and its use as a family home for four centuries, we have some special collections relating to particular periods in the house's history or the interests of some of the people who lived in it.

The collections which we currently highlight include those relating the the Arts and Crafts Movement, a special interest of Mrs Beatrice Carpenter and material linked to G.F. Watts, amongst whose close female friends and supporters were the beautiful Ladies Pembroke, Brownlow and Lothian, sisters of Walter Cecil Talbot, owner of Kiplin Hall from 1868 - 1904.