EVENT: End of Summer Festival

Saturday 8 September 2018

Join us to close-out a truly special summer here at Messums Wiltshire with a unique evening of events.
Pick from a preview, talk/book launch, supper and party or join us for the whole evening, culminating in tunes supplied by Paris-based DJ and music producer Aksel Schaufler with the ex-New York DJ and long-time friend and collaborator Nick AC (AKA Nick Ashley-Cooper, the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury).


TALK/BOOK LAUNCH: ‘The Rebirth of an English Country House’
6:30 – 7:30pm, £10

The 12th Earl of Shaftesbury never expected to inherit his family’s crumbling Dorset stately home, or the title that goes with it. As the second son he had spent his early twenties building a career as a DJ in New York before fate played its hand and hauled him back to England and the responsibilities of the family Estate.
That unexpected road led to one of the most unusual restoration projects in the country, numerous archictural awards and the publication of “The Rebirth of a Country Home” written jointly by Nick Shaftesbury and by Tim Knox with photography by Justin Barton, whose works will be on view in the Long Gallery.
It is also a universal story about adaption, survival and living true to our times.
The evening will start at 18.30 with a talk by Nick Ashley-Cooper followed by a book signing.


PREVIEW:  Photography of St Giles by Justin Barton
6:30 – 8:30pm, free event

Award-winning photographer Justin Barton joins us this September for a pop-up exhibition of never-seen-before images documenting the restoration of St Giles House, the home of the twelfth Earl of Shaftesbury – Nick Ashley-Cooper.
Come along to the preview in our Long Gallery.



END OF SUMMER SUPPER: at The Mess Restaurant
7:00pm – 9:00pm  SOLD OUT

Our Mess Restaurant is hosting a special End of summer supper and drinks from 7:00 – 9:00pm (last orders at 8:45pm) or join us after Nick’s talk for a drink in the sculpture garden. Our head chef Sunny Sin has designed a special seasonal menu to mark the occasion.


PARTY:  DJ Nick AC & Aksel Shauffler
8:30pm – 12:30am, £15

At 8:30pm we pick up the tempo as DJ Nick AC with his long time friend the talented DJ/Producer Aksel Schaufler aka Superpitcher take us on into an evening of House and Techno music. If you were in New York in the 90’s you won’t want to miss it. If you wish you had been – you can now.  If you just want to know more, the journey is a gradual one!!!

Tickets can be bought to all events or individually (except supper and drinks).


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