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Museum Talk: The Man Behind the Tunnels

26 April 2024

Join us for a museum talk with Portland Collection Assistant Curator Dr Lauren Batt, as she separates fact from fiction, in the life of the 5th Duke of Portland.

The 5th Duke was not a typical Victorian aristocrat, and many exaggerated stories have grown around his memory. These include always wearing 3 pairs of socks, only eating roast chicken, and communicating exclusively by letter through his bedroom door.

The actual truth behind these stories is uncertain. In this talk, Lauren will reveal a more nuanced picture of the famously reclusive Duke, using first-hand accounts to better illustrate his personality and motivations.

Lauren Batt

Lauren Batt

Lauren is a historian and Assistant Curator at Welbeck Abbey.

Her experience includes historical research for Gucci, and projects at Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall, and Derby Museums.

Booking Information

Friday 26 April, Midday.

Tickets for this talk are Pay What You Think: choose from £3, £5, and £10 tickets.

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Bookings are open for general admission from 22 April 2024.


Meet for this talk in the Harley Museum.