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25 October 2018Downton Abbey Revealed - The Story of Highclere Castle
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Downton Abbey Revealed - The Story of Highclere Castle Matthew Williams Thursday 25 October 2018

The enormous success of this television series has made Highclere Castle one of the most recognisable buidlings in the country. Matthew Williams reveals that truth is more interesting than fiction and tells the story of the castle and its family, the Earls of Carnarvon.


Matthew Williams lectures widely on the subject of design, and is especially interested in that of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A recognised expert in the work of the designer William Burges, he has been the Curator of Cardiff Castle since 1990 and has published widely in art and architectural journals. A long standing member of The Arts Society, Matthew has been a Volunteers Representative, a Programme Secretary and a Chairman. He has been an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society since 2001.