‘From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy’

17 May 2019

From 22 May the National Trust at Tyntesfield, north Somerset, are giving visitors the chance to discover more of the estate’s historic Hispanic connections.
‘From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy’ reveals the life of Tyntesfield’s founder, William Gibbs in the Hispanic world. Born in Madrid, the son of a Spanish woollen merchant, William’s story is one of long struggles to pay off inherited debts, of lost love, and business deals across the Hispanic world that generated a vast fortune. Many of the items within the house and across the grounds give insight to this legacy. The theme will be explored through displays within the house, seasonal events, new dishes on the menu and an autumn photography exhibition.
Susan Hayward, Curator for Tyntesfield and Bristol said: ‘William’s Anglo-Spanish identity was an important factor in the huge success of his South American trade and the reason why he had the cash to create his grand ‘High Gothic’ design at Tyntesfield. We are excited to be revealing new insights into the Tyntesfield estate and the man who created it through a series of fascinating and exquisite objects throughout the house, many on display for the first time.’ 
Visitors will be able see items from the vast Tyntesfield collection that have never been on display before, including ornate model interiors from the Alhambra palace in Granada, and a series of portrait miniatures painted by the miniaturist to the Spanish Royal Family, Antonio Tomasich y Haro. Hispanic themed food and drink will be on offer in Tyntesfield’s Cow Barn Restaurant, including chorizo burgers made with meat from Tyntesfield’s tenant farmers and orange and rhubarb cake using ingredients grown in the kitchen garden.
The story will be told throughout 2019 and 2020, and will feature a family trail which launches on 30 June; ‘$tow High in Transit’ - a photography exhibition through September and October; and Hispanic links across the wider estate will be revealed as the story progresses.
‘From Madrid to Tyntesfield: A story of love, loss and legacy’
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