Champions of the natural world, from the 19th century to the present day, will be celebrated in a new exhibition opening at Dunham Massey this weekend.
The exhibition, ‘Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions’, is a partnership between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery drawing on portraits from the Gallery’s collection. It will focus on individuals who have transformed the way we perceive, experience and aim to protect the natural world.
Gardeners from Gertrude Jekyll to Bob Flowerdew will feature, as well as key figures of the Romantic movement such as William Wordsworth, and early radicals and reformers William Morris and Octavia Hill.
More recent figures include animal welfare and agriculture campaigners Linda McCartney and Prince Charles, and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
Visitors to the exhibition will see objects from its very own collection that link the family from Dunham Massey to the sitters, and will also be able to watch a film documenting young people’s thoughts about the environment today.
Jessica Webb, Visitor Experience Manager at Dunham Massey, said: “The ‘Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions’ exhibition will invite visitors of all ages to discover or learn more about some of the leading historical and current day figures who have played a key role in promoting and protecting the natural world. We’re delighted to be bringing some of these notable faces to the walls of Dunham Massey as part of our year-long programme celebrating nature and those who care for it.”
The exhibition opens on Saturday March 23rd and lasts until June 9th.