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Drink, Dance & Decadence

Tue 18th May 2021 to Sun 31st October 2021
Drinks, Dance & Decadence, Exhibition, Burton Constable Hall, Hull, East Yorkshire
Free with Hall admission

Discover the heyday of Burton Constable’s glittering social scene as the Elizabethan hall looks at the last great gasp of extravagance under Sir Thomas Aston Clifford Constable, his first wife the lovely Lady Marianne and her scandalous successor the headstrong Rosina. 

This ground-breaking exhibition will tell the tales of a time of plenty, when patronage and parties made this hidden gem an instrumental force in Hull’s social and entertainment scenes.

With grand house parties for musical soirees and days at the races, family theatricals and grand tours abroad, this display will give a tantalising glimpse of how the Victorian aristocracy filled their days of idleness, forging local and international friendships, changing not only the social scenes but the economies of the areas they called home.

Despite being hidden deep in the Holderness countryside, the Hall and its owners have on the town of Hull, a thriving place of industry and artistry in the Victorian boom times.

Join us as we reveal how the Constable family kept abreast of change as Victorian advances revolutionised technology and transport, bringing modern technology to Burton Constable and travelling across Britain and Europe to bring home tastes of the exotic to this fantastic hall.

Exhibition Dates: 18th May 2021 – 31st October 2021

Exhibition Included in House Admission Charges.

Covid-19 Guidelines apply.

Did you know?
Over 80 different species of birds have been spotted at Burton Constable, from the smallest British bird, the Goldcrest, to large birds of prey such as Buzzards and Barn Owls
Afternoon tea was created by the Duchess of Bedford in the late 18th century. She invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets and, of course, tea. The practice was so popular that it was quickly adopted by other social hostesses 

The Burton Constable Whale is featured in Herman Melville's famous novel Moby Dick. 

Today the Burton Constable Whale is nicknamed 'Constable Moby'