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Raby to Unveil Hidden Historical Room on its Castle Tour

15th March 2024

Raby Castle will be opening its gates for the 2024 season on Friday 1st March with an exciting new addition to its popular tour. The Housekeeper’s Sitting Room has been given a new lease of life as a reimagined visitor welcome space and will provide visitors with an additional snapshot into the fascinating history of […]

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World Anatomy Day – ‘dissecting’ an interesting book found in Raby’s collections

31st October 2023
World Anatomy Day Raby Castle

October 15th– World Anatomy day In celebration of World Anatomy Day, we’re ‘dissecting’ an interesting book found in Raby’s collections.                 Andreas Vesalius World Anatomy Day honours the work of Andreas Vesalius on the anniversary of his death in 1564. Vesalius is considered the founder of human anatomy […]

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A Cure-ious Medical Discovery at Raby

25th September 2023
Medicines from the medicine box found at Raby Castle

World Pharmacists Day, September 25th In celebration of World Pharmacists Day, we’ll be looking at an interesting item which was found nestled in the back of one of Raby Castle’s many cupboards, shedding light on the way that sickness and injuries were treated in historic country houses.   An unexpected discovery was made over the […]

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Canine Companions throughout Raby’s History

25th August 2023
Dogs at Raby

International Dog Day | August 26th In celebration of all things canine on International Dog Day, we’re looking at some of our fav-FUR-ite relationships between the Vane family and their four-legged friends in Raby’s collections.   The history of domesticating dogs spans thousands of years, and they have historically been used for working, hunting, and […]

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Floral finds from the archives, ahead of East Garden Preview

12th June 2023
Botany book ‘The Flower Garden Display’

To celebrate the first stage of the reimagined historic Walled Gardens at Raby Castle nearing completion. Lauren, Raby Castle’s Interpretation and Engagement Assistant has taken a dive into our collections to find some of our favourite floral items. The East Garden will be shared exclusively for members this Summer before the full scheme opens in […]

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A Glimpse into Coronation Past

11th May 2023

To celebrate the Coronation of King Charles, we’ve selected items from Raby’s collections to add to rooms around the castle. These represent different historical coronations and include copies of invites, commemorative magazines, and orders of service. Below are some highlights to spot when you visit, which will be on display in the castle until Sunday […]

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RABY CASTLE SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON ARCHIVE’S ROYAL CONNECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONOUR OF KING CHARLES III’S CORONATION

17th April 2023
Coronation Robes

In honour of the coronation of King Charles III, County Durham’s iconic Raby Castle will be shining a spotlight on Raby’s royal connections for the first time, as it showcases records from its family archive for the public. On 27th May, archivist Gabriel Damaszk will showcase original records which highlight the castle’s Royal connections including […]

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Raby Castle prepares to open for 2023 season with a special new royal addition

27th February 2023
Coach

Raby Castle will be opening its gates for the 2023 season on Wednesday 1st March with a new exciting addition to its famous Entrance Hall. In honour of the Coronation of King Charles III on 6th May, the Raby state coach, dating back to the early 19th century and used by the 9th Baron and […]

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Under the Microscope: A look at Lady Anne Monson ‘Remarkable Lady Botanist’

10th February 2023

Under the Microscope: A look at Lady Anne Monson ‘Remarkable Lady Botanist’ Daughter of Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington and Lady Grace Fitzroy, grandchild of Charles II, Lady Anne Vane was born in 1726 and grew up at Raby Castle. During her childhood, the Raby Castle walled gardens were being developed and interesting botanical […]

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

24th January 2023
Raby Archives

For Chinese New Year 2023, we’re celebrating a collaboration between Raby Castle and two Postgraduate students from the University of Durham. Beini Wu and Lingqiao Zhang were on a Museum and Artefact Studies course, and as part of their placement at Raby, built on our understanding of the history and culture surrounding our Chinese porcelain […]

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