The Story of Lowther: a fascinating history

It was in 1150 that Dolfin, a Viking descendant, first settled at Lowther. Through thick and thin, through fire and brimstone, the Lowthers have remained here ever since. The Story of Lowther exhibition takes a look at this 850 year history with a jaunty eye and a bold brush.

The original imparkment seal from 1283 is on display. So too is a paper version of Lowther Hall, the lavish Queen Anne house that was built in 1693 and burnt down in 1718. There is the Pitt Salver, alongside a stunning collection of silver; there is a slavery ledger and a painting of the castle by Turner and a stuffed husky and an extensive photographic display looking at the house as it was and as it is now.

The Story of Lowther: a vivid display

Colour, exuberance and wit – these are the benchmarks of the exhibition at Lowther. The vegetarian Viscount Lonsdale, Wicked Jimmy and the Yellow Earl are all prominent characters. You can learn why Arsenal Football Team has a yellow strip and why the principal colour of the AA is likewise yellow. You can discover how Mary Queen of Scots was involved with the family and wonder at the sumptuousness of a typical dinner in the castle.

If history and stories are your passion, then the exhibition at Lowther will definitely appeal. Entry free with admission.