Valentines Mansion joins the UK-India Year of Culture Celebrations

An Indian Summer at Valentines

The British Council, the Indian High Commission and the UK government recently launched the UK-India Year of Culture, a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India which will see cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017.

Throughout August, Valentines Mansion will join the celebrations with a series of events throughout the month. This theme is of particular relevance to Valentines – three of its previous owners during the eighteenth century were involved in with the East India Company (EIC) – Robert Surman, Sir Charles Raymond and Donald Cameron. You can read more about them here:

Highlights include:

Memories of India
The Bird Room Cabinets will showcase our crowd sourced show, a collection of people’s memorabilia, photographs and souvenirs picked up from visits to India or gifts they have been given. To take part and display an item, please get in touch by calling 020 8708 8100 or email Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 30 August, during the Mansions’ normal opening hours, Free entry

Studio Artists Exhibition
Come and see our artists’ interpretation of this celebration, in the year which marks 70 years since India’s Independence, featuring works in fused glass, ceramics, paintings and more. Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 30 August, during the Mansions’ normal opening hours, Free entry

India and Redbridge – An Exhibition
This special Redbridge Museum exhibition explores the 400 year old links between India and Redbridge. From local East India Company merchants to the different communities who have lived in Redbridge for over 50 years, the displays feature objects and local stories from the collections of Redbridge Museum. Sunday 30 July – Sunday 3 September, during the Mansions’ normal opening hours, Free entry

Indian Tunic Block Printing Workshop
Block print an Indian tunic called a Kurta with artist Sba Shaikh.

The workshop includes a 10 minute presentation on block printing with a short film screening followed by a practical session. There will be an object handling courtesy of William Morris Gallery as well as looking at batik, Indian textiles and resources from the Anokhi Museum, Jaipur and Calico Museum, Ahmadabad India.  Sunday 13 August, 11am-3pm.  Early Bird Offer – book on or before 31 July, pay only £25 per person. Normal price £30 per person, includes refreshments. Limited spaces, book early to avoid disappointment.  Valentines Box Office


And not forgetting the little ones, we’ve also got some fantastic events coming up for children:

Exotic Animal Encounters
Get up close to lots of weird and wonderful creatures native to India, including a peacock, snakes and lots of interesting bugs. Brought to you in association with Animals Work, whose animals have often been used in TV and Film. You will also get to make your own peacock to take home. Monday 14 August, choose from two sessions: 11.30am–1pm and 12.30pm-2pm, £10 per child, suitable for 5 years plus, pre-booking essential here: Valentines Box Office

Bollywood Fever!
Get your groove on at Valentines Mansion in our energetic & upbeat Bollywood dance classes for kids led by professional dance company D Style Dance. Limited spaces, book early to avoid disappointment. 11am-11.45pm (4-7 yrs – £5), 12noon-1pm (8-12 yrs – £8), 1.15pm-2.15pm (13 yrs+ – £8), pre-booking essential here: Valentines Box Office

Look out for Tea Parties and other events throughout the month on our web site


About valentinesmansion

Discover a beautiful country house and gardens in the heart of Ilford. Visit the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, with gorgeous views over surrounding parkland. Enjoy contemporary art exhibitions and installations. Explore the stunning historic gardens. Bring the whole family for hands-on games, activities and discovery trails. FREE ENTRY Hire the Mansion...Valentines Mansion is a truly unique venue in a beautiful setting. With its elegant period rooms, grand staircase and enchanting walled gardens, this Grade II* listed building, is perfect for a whole host of functions, from weddings and celebrations to corporate events. The Mansion and its rooms can be hired either individually or exclusively and we work with a fine selection of caterers to ensure a first-class experience for you and your guests. Call us on 020 8708 8100 to find out more.
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