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Writer Rosie brings Kingston Lacy estate history back to life
VISITORS to a National Trust treasure can leaf back through the pages of time thanks to a brand new initiative.
Volunteer Rosie Jones has been made the writer-in-residence at Kingston Lacy in Wimborne after receiving Arts Council funding for a three-year creative writing project.
It is a first for the 8,500-acre estate, and budding author Rosie will look back over hundreds of years of history to bring the past to life for today’s guests.
General manager David Roberts said: “It’s a good chance for us to structure a really cohesive series of stories and social records of a huge English estate which stretches back nearly 400 years.
“Many of the families who still live and work on Kingston Lacy have been here for generations, and we’re very aware that the unique history of the estate is the history of its people, which we have a duty to record. Rosie’s first six months will be a total immersion course in the estate after which we expect great things, as well as a raft of ideas how we can extend our story to reach out and touch wider audiences and involve everyone in our work and aspirations.”
Rosie, who lives in Wimborne, said: “It’s a really exciting challenge with a brief that spans the centuries from the Civil War to the management of a huge, modern estate.
“Everything that has happened, and is happening, to the country and the countryside has its mirror in Kingston Lacy and the chance to record it is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with the memories and the realities of the past, present and the future of our histories and communities.”
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