Chris Bryant MP gets a first-hand look at the Knebworth House restoration work.
Chris Bryant MP, the Shadow Arts Minister gained a unique insight into the workings of a modern stately home yesterday as he visited Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. Chris was accompanied by Nick Way, Director General of the Historic Houses Association and the President of the Historic Houses Association, Richard Compton.
Chris was keen to see the restoration works taking place on the historic building and to gain an understanding of the challenges in maintaining historic attractions such as Knebworth House in the current economic climate. Martha Lytton Cobbold, Managing Director of Lytton Enterprises Ltd which runs the multi-faceted operation that is Knebworth today, escorted the Minister on the tour of the building and famous gardens.
Knebworth House is known around the world as the ‘Stately Home of Rock’. The Minister found Knebworth’s music heritage to be particularly fascinating, and appreciated the need for diversification crucial to many historic attractions. The team at Knebworth have to continually work hard to stay ahead with maintenance and restoration as well as continuing to attract visitors. Knebworth House is on the English Heritage ‘Heritage at Risk’ list.
Nick Way outlined the contribution of historic estates in family ownership such as Knebworth make to the conservation of the landscape, and the crucial role that they play in environmental stewardship and caretaking of the nation’s heritage.