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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardwick Hall - more glass than wall - a jewel of Tudor architecture., 2 Aug 2008
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Dianne Hardwick (Brisbane) - See all my reviews
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Hardwick Hall is one of the most important buildings in English architecture. The DVD shows how the Hall represents the transition from medieval building to the use of the new ideas of the renaissance. It illustrates how these elements are represented on the inside and the outside of the building.

The story of life in a grand Tudor establishment is unfolded for us as are details of the life of its builder, Bess of Hardwick who married her fourth husband George Talbot and became Countess of Shrewsbury. Bess was the richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I and her granddaughter was a claimant to the throne on the death of the old queen.

The tapestries, furnishings and plaster wall friezes at Hardwick are of national importance and have been uniquely preserved because the house was neglected as a dwelling after the building of Chatsworth House nearby. Whether you can or can't get to Derbyshire to visit the house itself, this DVD is a very useful illustration of its purpose and the treasures lying within.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heritage video should always have been like this., 29 Dec 2009
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AlanMusicMan (North Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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In the past, National Trust videos on VHS or DVD have almost always disappointed me. What a joy then, is this series! Shot in high definition within the last couple of years (no flares or kipper ties here!) and breathtaking in quality and content. I hugely recommend the whole series to heritage fans.

This Hardwick Hall episode features everything you could want. Views of the property from inside and out, a history of the house and its most famed owner, Bess of Hardwick. There is a slightly ill-fitting drama section that doesn't really work very well. The staff at the Hall often dress up in Elizabethan costume for visitors and I guess the director thought it might be good to use that, but I felt it was ill-advised. However, there are interviews with National Trust experts and - very importantly - with the NT staff who are the house's current managers.

Breathtaking views of the interior of the house too, I watch the staircase sequence over and over again - utterly spellbinding stuff.

This is the first of ten DVDs in this series. See them all. Heritage video should always be this good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Heart of Hardwick Hall, 10 Jun 2009
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This DVD formed the first episode of an Artsworld series called `National Trust: National Treasures', narrated by Nigel Havers. It opens with beautifully-shot aerial and distant views of the house in winter sunshine. But there are no views of the upper banqueting halls above the roof, and neither is there any detailed view of the gardens or grounds (apart from the quarry).

As well as the exterior of the house, we see inside and also focus on some of its treasures, such as its tapestries, portraits and furniture. One aspect in particular that garners much attention is the conservation of the Gideon tapestries in the Long Gallery; these are held up by Velcro! There are also interviews with those who work in the house and on the estate.

This is an enjoyable and interesting insight into the workings and history of the house, and can be recommended both for those who are about to visit and for those who would like a souvenir. Unfortunately there is an element of docudrama regarding Bess of Hardwick, but thankfully the acting is done in silence and is relatively short in duration.
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