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18 January 2017
Open House: Clifton Hall

The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.

Clifton Hall
 is this week's Open House. 
Clifton Hall is one of Barbados’ oldest and grandest great houses. Set in ample gardens, Clifton Hall joins a medieval structure to a later, Georgian mansion.  Its gracious Palladian double entrance staircase, arcaded gallery, and spacious reception rooms belie the Jane Eyre element concealed upstairs. Its treasure was recently rescued from ruination by owners who have stylishly transformed the house for modern living and yet retained its historical character. 
No stilettos please!

The National Trust’s Lively Lecture series continues on this day, with a talk to be given by Sir Henry Fraser.

Local author Edison T “Theo” Williams will entertain and enlighten patrons with readings from his award-winning short story collection, Facing North.

The Open House Bazaar will, as usual, provide refreshments as well as select Caribbean books, art works and craft items from top local producers.

Directions:
From the ABC highway at the Clyde Walcott roundabout, turn east toward Hothersal Turning. Shortly ahead, turn right at Kelsi’s and head up Highway 3. Pass Orchid World on your left, then after about 2 km, pass the petrol station at Four Cross Roads and keep straight. Follow our parking signs and catch a ride in our van.

Admission:
General Bds $35.00
Children 5-12-y-o Half Price
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.

Dress nicely casual.

No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.

Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.


Start time: 2:30 PM   End time: 5:30 PM

The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT).  It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island's loveliest houses.  Discover more about our island's diverse architecture and history.

The programme includes all types of houses - from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.

Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction.  Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.

The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people.  Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.

At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT's experts on heritage.  These are:

Prof Henry Fraser -
a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of 'Historic Houses of Barbados' and 'Treasures of Barbados.'

Dr Karl Watson - BNT's current president and the editor of the journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. He is also the author of the forthcoming book 'History of the Sephardic Jews of Barbados.'

The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage - be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.

It's a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.

 

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