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First stage of work to refurnish Shugborough mansion is completed

The refurnished green sitting room at Shugborough

The refurnished green sitting room at Shugborough

The first stage of a project to refurnish one of the private rooms at the former home of Lord Lichfield has been completed.

The green sitting room at Shugborough is the first suite to have been returned to its former glory.

The work is part of a project being led by Staffordshire County Council that will see the entire mansion house opened up to the general public this year, allowing visitors to see the half of the mansion which contained late photographer’s private apartments. Previously, people have only been able to access the state rooms on the ground floor and a small part of the first floor.

Shugborough Group Manager Liz Carruthers said:

“This is an incredibly exciting project and the team is working meticulously to recreate the look and feel of the private apartments. The green sitting room is the first to be refurnished and now reflects the fact a family lived there.

“We are really looking forward to opening this part of the mansion house to the public so that they can enjoy it, and hope to welcome a significant number of additional visitors to the county as a result.”

The green sitting room now has photographs of Patrick Lichfield’s children on the walls and on a table next to his beloved camera, while his tripod has been set up by the window.

The room is one of at least eight that will be refurnished and opened for daily viewing in addition to the large state rooms, working servants’ quarters and farm already open to visitors.  These rooms take up part of the ground floor and almost the entire upper floor of the Shugborough mansion house.

They include the elegant boudoir with original real silver leaf wallpaper dating back to 1794, the magnificent Bird Room and his drawing room.

In addition, Patrick Lichfield’s private island arboretum filled with 150 species of oak tree will also be opened daily to the public and will contain a new 2011 sculpture trail and nature walk.

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