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Into the Heart of Hardwick Hall,
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This review is from: National Trust: National Treasures - Hardwick Hall [DVD]  (DVD)
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.