Powis Castle curiosities on display after being featured in a National Trust publication

The curious table presented in the book

An exhibition at the 13th century medieval castle in Welshpool will feature two objects from its world-class collection which feature in the trust’s latest publication, 100 Curiosities and Inventions.

Michelle Lisa Gayle, property curator at Powis Castle and Garden, said: ‘It’s always an honor to feature in a National Trust publication, but to feature in it twice is something. It was just to celebrate this occasion and as it has been a while since we have been able to deliver an exhibition in the castle, now is the perfect time.

“Both items from the book will be on display, along with a few others from the Powis collection, as voted on by staff and volunteers. All of them look ordinary to the untrained eye, but they all have an incredible story that makes them quite extraordinary.

The exhibits are a remarkable table and the 15th century Book of Hours.

Powis Castle was passed down through the Herbert family from the late 1500s. Each generation employed artists and architects to elaborately decorate and furnish the castle into a comfortable family home. Today, visitors are wowed by extraordinary paintings, sculptures and tapestries, all beautifully displayed in the state rooms of the castle.

The book brings together a selection of little-known but remarkable objects from the National Trust’s collection that intrigue, intrigue and delight. These objects help members and visitors understand the rich history of the places entrusted to the trust, as well as the lives and interests not only of those who owned them, but of all those who lived and worked there.

Katie Knowles, Deputy National Curator at the National Trust and author of the forthcoming publication, said: “The National Trust looks after one of the largest and most important holdings of works of art and heritage objects. important in the world. Many have amazing or unexpected uses and stories, and this book ties all that joy together.

“It’s fantastic to see the team at Powis bring the book to life as an exhibit. I will definitely be visiting and encouraging our loyal members and supporters to take a look for themselves.

The exhibition at Powis Castle and Garden will run until November 27, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily and weekends in November.

The book is available to buy via nationaltrust.org.uk/shop and in National Trust shops and other online retailers and in high streets. For more information on the exhibition, visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-.

Jacob L. Thornton