Belvoir Castle is one of the great treasure houses of England. The seat of the Dukes of Rutland, 36 generations of the family have resided here in an unbroken line for almost one thousand years.
Belvoir Castle was never designed to be a home for one nuclear family, but to lie at the centre of a web of connections: through the estate, in the country around it and across the world. Yet it remains a private estate and while it receives very little external funding, its extensive collections, gardens, landscape and the fabric of the castle are in need of constant attention.
As it looks to the future, it faces a challenging question: how do you keep safe a one thousand year old estate in times as uncertain now as they have ever been? American Friends of Belvoir Castle, Inc. is one part of the answer. It has been created as an opportunity for friends in America, those who already know and love Belvoir Castle and those with a passion for England and history, to raise funds for and support the restoration of those elements of this great English estate that are essential to its character. Elements that might otherwise moulder or lie forgotten.
We are starting with three exciting projects: to conserve and restore the celebrated 18th century Chinese wallpaper that hangs in four of the state bedrooms and to clear the Memorial Lakes and thereby complete the plans for the park drawn up by the great landscape gardener Capability Brown, 250 years after they were drawn up.
We also want to offer an American student studying estate management the unique opportunity of an apprenticeship, spending six months working with Belvoir Castle’s team and learning first-hand how a great English estate is managed.
We, the trustees of the American foundation, are excited about these plans which offer so much potential, not just for Belvoir Castle but for those of you who have expressed a desire for a deeper engagement with this magical place and who share our wish to help safeguard it for future generations.
The first projects American Friends of Belvoir Castle will support.
We look forward to welcoming you to our future events.