Seaton Delaval Hall is a great English Baroque villa designed by Sir John Vanbrugh - architect of Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace - for Admiral George Delaval, built between 1719 and 1732, with formal gardens and colourful borders.
It is much more than an architectural masterpiece. For 900 years, the estate has been a stage for drama, intrigue and romance while the surrounding landscape has fuelled industrial revolution.
2018 is the 300th anniversary of the commissioning of Seaton Delaval Hall and this year the scenes are changing with the start of a major three-year project, thanks to a generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Building on the pioneering restoration work undertaken by the 22nd Lord Hastings in the 20th century, major conservation work will take place, including reroofing the West Wing and repairing the spiral staircases in the Central Hall. Work on improvements for visitors will start this year, with a new cafe and play area planned to open in 2020. The project will tell the stories of the flamboyant Delaval family who inhabited the Hall in creative and imaginative ways.
The Hall has survived terrible fires, military occupation and potential ruin. Now it provides an amazing space for arts, heritage and the community to come together.