Harewood visitor numbers increase thanks to Victoria
Harewood House has seen an increase in visitors following the successful Victorian Harewood exhibitions inspired by the television production which used the stately home as a key location.
The major exhibitions have seen historically accurate costumes from the programme displayed in the house alongside personal objects owned by Queen Victoria.
Jane Marriott, Director of Harewood House Trust, said: “The response has been incredibly positive and we have seen visitors to Harewood significantly increase compared to the same period last year.
“As a charity, we have a responsibility to preserve and protect Harewood and its collections; filming is an important revenue stream which helps this work continue.“
To capitalise on the Victoria production, Harewood has shaped its season around Harewood’s Victorian history; costumes from Victoria have been on display including the famous coronation gown worn by Jenna Coleman who plays Victoria in the programme.
Also on show are personal items owned by Queen Victoria and lady-in-waiting Charlotte Canning.
Harewood House has been transformed into Buckingham Palace for series one and two of the programme.
Many of the opulent rooms on the State Floor, the famous kitchens Below Stairs as well as exteriors of the house and parts of the Estate have been used in the production.
Jane added: “We are looking forward to series two and seeing Harewood on screen once again.
“We hope to see more visitors coming to Harewood before the Victoria costume exhibition and the Victorian Harewood displays close on 29th October.”
And she added: “Watch out for our announcement this autumn for our new Christmas season extending our celebration of all things Victorian.”