THE TEAM at Coughton Court have been putting the pieces together ready to welcome visitors again.
The National Trust property near Alcester has undergone a deep clean during the winter months.
And the team will be unveiling Creatures of Coughton later in the year – an exhibition focused on the various ways animals are woven into the statley home’s collection.
Miriam Andrews, conservation assistant said: “The theme will reveal how individuals of the Throckmorton family, and more generally, past society as a whole, perceived and benefitted from the natural world. Included within this retelling of the collection are stories of animal companionship, heraldry, farming, scientific interest, as well as more difficult topics, like hunting, and the use of animal-derived materials.”
Even now, animals play an important part within the Coughton estate, with the historic herd of sheep grazing in the front park and the family’s two beloved dogs.
And to kick start the new season, the property’s popular pop-up Jigsaw Festival will be returning from March 31 to April 3.
The festival will be celebrating its ninth year and during which more than £35,000 has been raised for vital conservation projects at Coughton.
Abi Cole, marketing and communications officer, said: “The team at Coughton would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated or bought jigsaws over the years. Every penny raised has gone straight back into the care and conservation of Coughton and by contributing to our Jigsaw Festival you’re helping us to care for this beautiful place for everyone, forever.’
Anyone with jigsaws to donate can call the property on 01789 400777 for more information.