Giving & Development | Posted 14.11.2014

An evening with the curator

The second in our series of talks given by the curator was held in the Bayley Room at Stonyhurst this month.  The evening was attended by 30 visitors who arrived at 7pm for drinks and canapés and a warm welcome from the Headmaster.  Jan Graffius, Stonyhurst Curator, spoke about the family portraits in the Bayley Room bringing each character to life with stories of their lives, loves and family connections.  The evening turned into a very special ‘magical mystery tour’ when Jan led the group across the front quad to the Stuart Parlour where her enthralling story of the Stonyhurst families continued.  The next part of the tour, which was unexpected and very special, led us to the Arundel Libraries which were in near darkness, to see the newly completed renovation.  As we left the Libraries to return to the Bayley Room Jan asked the guests if they would like yet another detour, which they definitely did, and took us into the store rooms where the Collections are currently being kept.  Amongst the rows of carefully stored items Jan took some of the Collections out for the guests to see.  Everyone was thrilled and delighted to see some of the Stonyhurst treasures.  The evening finished with a question and answer session back in the Bayley Room.  Our next event will be held on Thursday 5th February 2015.