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There's nothing the British like better than a day out at a stately


home. It can be really disappointing. There are so many


rules - don't touch that, no entry beyond this point, don't sit on the


chairs. Wouldn't it be fantastic to throw all those rules out of the


window and start again? And that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm


Penelope Keith. I'm on a mission to change the way we visit stately


homes. It strikes me it's going to be quite a task to get it


altogether in the amount of time we have. And I'm not alone. On his way


to meet me is Mr Flog It! Himself, Paul Martin, who knows a thing or


two about antiques and old houses. So far, my team is myself and


Penelope Keith. So wish us luck! I have never met Penelope before. I


don't know what she is going to think of me. I was a good fan of


hers, I can tell you that. We are about to face the ultimate stately


home challenge. It all happens here at Avebury Manor in Wiltshire.


National Trust has given us six months to reinvent the manor before


it opens to the public with a cash budget of �225,000 - a lot to you


and me - and we are going to have to move fast. We want to create a


house rich and colourful and full of marvellous things to rival any


other stately home. This is impressive. The difference at


Avebury, nothing will be so valuable it can't be touched. So


delicate it can't be used. This is marvellous! There will be some


antiques rk things we pick up for a song. -- antiques, things we pick


up for a song and have to repair. Mostly, we will be making things


from scratch. Furniture, fabrics, made so well they rival real


antiques. Selling now. Get yourself comfortable. Right. We want to


create a bed fit for a Queen. Travel to far-off places to learn


about the lives of people who lived in our house. That is absolutely


brilliant. And bring a lost garden back to life. One has to be


optimistic as a gardener. If you are not, don't become a gardener.


It's going to be a journey of discovery and laughter. But


passions will run high. We have to deliver this project on time.


don't deliver, we have failed on The Wiltshire village of Avebury


sits pretty as a postcard in the spring mist. Avebury is famous for


its prehistoric stone circle. Lots of people visit all year-round. The


trouble is hardly any of them makes it to the village's other


attraction. The 500-year-old manor house. So Avebury Manor sits empty


and neglected. A few people visit its gardens, but the manor house


needs to make money if it is to have a future. Wow! It's dark.


is. Shall I leave the door open? would. Torches. One for you and one


for me. That's good. Gosh! Many stately homes stay in the same


family for generations. But Avebury's changed hands lots of


times. From a Tudor courtier to a Georgian soldier, a Victorian


champion polo player and a 1930s playboy archaeologist. That's nice.


Oh yes! What a beautiful room. A marble fireplace surround. It's a


gent's room. Does that need cleaning? Does it need cleaning?!


It does a bit. Who is it? The smoke has got to that. Oh dear. She is


upset. What about this - I'm old and badly damaged, please don't


touch me. Thank you. LAUGHTER This is better! That is more like it.


That is much nicer. Yes. Tudor. has a proper Tudor feel about it.


You like that? I do. You are Lady of the Manor. I like the light


behind me. Oh! Jolly nice. Is this Georgian? Yes. This definitely is.


Gosh. What room is this? Is it dining? I think it is a dining room.


It's a formal entertaining room. is. And the mouldings are beautiful.


This is in quite good nick. What is the fireplace? Is that... Stone it


looks like. That is beautiful. Any little boys up there?! LAUGHTER It


is the kitchen! That is nice. is nice. That is a lovely dresser.


It's got a good feel. A hub of the house feel. Here is the staircase.


So many people have known and loved this house. Even a Queen of England


came to stay. Oh! Wow! You see, it is like an Aladdin's cave, every


room is different. Look at that. is glorious. It bears no relation


to the rest of the house. doesn't. It's a bit of a


rollercoaster ride so far. Some rooms do it for me and others don't.


I know. I keep feeling we are going into different houses. It doesn't


seem to be part of one. There is no rhythm to it. No. How are you


feeling about this? I wouldn't know where to begin. I don't, to be


frank. It will be a long, drawn-out process. I think we can call it a


challenge! A challenge indeed. But is it one


the Trust is going to take on? afternoon. The Trust has owned


Avebury Manor for the last 21 years, but for most of that time it was


let out to tenants because there's never been money to do it up. After


the last tenants left, there were only two options - rent it out


again or do something completely new. We own all these extraordinary


places and people love them and they have enjoyed visiting them for


many decades, but they were getting to be a bit predictable, a bit


staid, and people were feeling it was a process that you walk around


looking at things. Our whole mission now is to bring up Avebury


to life, to involve people in the experience but what goes with that


is the reputational risk that you go too far or you are too


extravagant, or you don't reflect the spirit of the place and its own


stories. For me, the absolute core of it is two things - first, are we


being honest about the place, its people and the stories? We must not


be making them up. Second, are we honouring the spirit of the place?


That magic ingredient that makes Avebury what it is. Here we are


with the fairy dust. But we know we are going to have to argue our case


with the Trust every step of the way. What are you like in a fight?


I tell you what, we will upset a few people along the way. I shall


stand behind you! I shall smile. And say, "He says he knows what he


is doing!" What we need is a team of experts. Imagine living in that


part of the house. Interior designer, Russell Sage. Russell's


opulent interiors at the Goring Hotel in London impressed Kate


Middleton the night before she married Prince William. At home in


the world of restaurant hotel chic Russell's vision will be key.


Russell also has the vital job of persuading many of his crafts


people and suppliers to donate materials and expertise. You have


done this before. Not for 25 years! With a limited cash budget, if he


doesn't manage to persuade them to help, the whole project will fail.


Surely there's set designers who have got tapestries? Unlocking the


building's emotional past is social historian, Anna Whitelock. Fertile,


healthy and... Anna teaches history at the University of London. So


she's our people person. Anna is an expert in the Tudors and she wants


the lives of people who loved Avebury reflected in what we are


going to do. From a Tudor merchant on the make, to an English Queen


who came to stay. From people's sleeping arrangements to the very


best in bathroom facilities! William III's bottom, I guess! It


would have been sitting right there. This is history in the bath. Indeed.


Completing the team is architectural historian, Dan


Cruickshank. Dan has travelled the world in search of its most


spectacular buildings. When he is back home, his love of the British


country house has made him a one- man guardian of the nation's


heritage. Together, the three of them will invent the new look for


Avebury. Russell wants an interior as far away from a museum as


possible. At the moment it feels so brown and it should be so colourful.


Absolutely. We would have a massive bed... Anna wants the lives of


former occupants reflected around the house. In this room, we are


talking lavish, dining, we are talking plenty of booze. Dan will


see that architectural and design history is accurate to the letter.


This scheme has lots of challenges. One is to create characters who


lived in the house, reveal them, reveal their stories and have


dramatic decorative schemes all within the realm of historical


possibility. We have to respect the nature of the building. It is like


whether you are going to listen to Dan, or whether you are going to


listen to me! It is fantastic to see it through Dan's eyes and


Anna's eyes and see the kind of real history of how things should


be done. I'm excited because I feel like to me it is an emotional


experience of trying to re-live some of the lives we have talked


about and maybe build it from a human perspective rather than


historical perspective. A real sense of arrival to the room for


anybody visiting... The exciting challenge will be able to make this


project come alive and really experience what it would have been


like to have been in this house throughout the last 400 years.


Russell has just two weeks to pitch his design scheme to the toughest


judges from the National Trust. Lots to do. Always lots to do. But


the project will be delivered. Simple as that. It has to be. There


is always a deadline. We always have to work to deadlines. There


can't be any nerves because if there was, we wouldn't be doing it


in the first place. For the kind of challenges we get thrown, this is a


slightly above average challenge, This is Polesden Lacey in Surrey.


In many ways, it's a typical National Trust property. So, what


works for visitors here and what doesn't? Russell and I have come to


find out. There are definitely some horrors we want to avoid. The Trust


was lucky in Polesden Lacey. It came to them glittering and finely


furnished. It is beautiful. But the Trust has also arranged the house


so as to reflect the personality of its owner. Do we think this is Mrs


Greville? It must be. Quite a wonderful portrait. It is. Rather


demure Scottish face. Definitely. This is good... We too want to


decorate and furnish Avebury to reflect the personalities of people


who lived there. To give a real flavour of previous owners'


lifestyles and tastes. Like them or not, good or bad. We don't want


this in Avebury. No. And having just noticed, I don't want these at


Avebury. This is the old National Trust for me. Exactly.


A library. I knew that, there's books! Quite a relaxed library.


What I like about this room is the lack of ropes and the feeling of


the objects and things around to touch. Marvellous and the... ALARM


SOUNDS They have some kind of alarm. I don't know how it works. ALARM


SOUNDS Sounds like a dog-whistle! It does! Here we have - these are


all people she knew? Yes. Isn't it wonderful?! I love the hat and the


telephone. Wonderful. ALARM SOUNDS I feel like they are going to put


electricity through it. It is nice to see you can touch things. It is


more relaxed. The sofa is lovely. So comfortable. If we have a reason


to do something like this, down at Avebury, I am keen people should be


able to sit down. We will have books. Yes. Definitely. Books that


people can read and hold. Exactly. We need to put together a house


that people can touch and feel and the fact there was one room in


there with a barrier, that is not what we want. We want to make sure


people can use our house and get in the beds and jump up-and-down on


the furniture. Not sure how we will do it, but we will. We want people


to enter this house and have as much fun as we have had putting it


together. Yeah. The house is only part of what needs to be done here


at Avebury. Of course, with every big house comes a big garden. Now,


this is the topiary garden - it is lovely. I am very fond of topiary.


Marvellous cut boxes and the pheasant, I think he is supposed to


be. I think he's supposed to be a sheep. And they need a trim. Behind


this door is something that looks a bit like a secret garden. I'm here


to meet David Howard who is going to bring back to life a lost


Victorian kitchen garden. Hello. Nice to see you. What a mess!


It's a garden that's had many lives I think. Obviously, it was a


productive walled garden... what? Vegetables? Mainly for


vegetables, yes. David is no ordinary gardener. For ten years,


he was head gardener at Highgrove. This is the Gloucestershire home of


the Prince of Wales where David helped make Prince Charles' organic


dreams come true. Now we want him to create a garden for us, growing


vegetables and fruit in decorative borders. A garden both beautiful


and productive and, of course, organic. It's a huge task, but


unlike the house, we have the go- ahead from the Trust to begin work


right away. What I would like to do in creating a new design is not be


constricted by the plants and their positions. Right. I would like to


remove them all and give myself a free space. There's two pines that


won't be here? No, the pine trees are very incongruous. They are


relatively young trees. They are only 15 or 20 years old. They are


not for this garden. No, they are not. When I look around, it's quite


big with an awful lot of work. a huge amount of work in a


relatively short space of time. But I think I can do it. Bravo. Good


luck. It's auction day in Berkshire. Even though Russell is working on


the scheme for the house, there's an opportunity he simply cannot


afford to miss. We won't be buying many antiques for Avebury, but we


need a few special pieces. Today, we are interested in one lot - an


antique bed. It's not the four- poster Russell was hoping for but


maybe it could be adapted. The trouble is there's also a lot of


other people after it. AUCTIONEER: Lot 184, an oak bed


frame circa 1660 and later. And where are we with this? 550. �550.


600 at the back. 650? No more. 700, the gentleman standing. 700. 75 0.


800. 850. 900. 950. 1,000 with you, Sir. 1100 now. Now... The price is


rocketing. My goodness! Can Russell go any higher? 1,500. 1,600. 1,700.


1,800. At 1,800, the gentleman standing. 1,900. 2,000. At 2,000.


The gentleman at the back there. I'll split it once for you. At


2,100. 2,200 is bid. At 2,200, the gentleman at the back then. Selling


now. I'm in trouble with the budget!


Back in Avebury, we need to drum up some volunteer labour to help David


get going in the garden. It's Paul. Do you mind if I put a poster up in


the pub? Would you let us do that? We are trying to recruit a load of


volunteers to help out in the manor house. People can read that when


they are ordering a pint. Let me leave one of these with you. Do you


live locally? If I leave you that, OK? You don't need any equipment,


just turn up. I heard you, I'm passing through. Are you? Lots of


vegetables, herbs... Can you stick it in the window for a few days?


Yes. Can you put one of our posters up? Take a look at this. Are you


green-fingered? Definitely. You want to put it up in the window


yourself! I do. Getting volunteers and villagers involved in the


garden is our only hope of success. All we can do now is wait. It's the


first big day for the garden. Is David going to be disappointed? Or


will it be full steam ahead? We needn't have worried. Lots of


people have turned up. Local agricultural students, Trust


volunteers and villagers. Good afternoon, ladies, gentlemen,


students. Welcome. Thank you very much for giving up your time freely


to help me transform this disused walled garden into a Victorian


kitchen garden. Victorian kitchen gardens were a feature of most


large country houses supplying fruit and veg to the household. We


need to clear the garden of shrubs but not kill them in the process.


Are you going to re-plant them? I want you to lift them all. I want


this to be clear of plant material. It is quite a tricky operation. We


really don't want to kill anything. A big old root down there. Trying


to get it out. You have to keep the roots in tact otherwise the plant


will die. It is hard work. It is a challenge. It is hard. The ground


is actually quite full of gravel which makes it really compact. That


is the challenge. Walled to create a microclimate and laid out in


symmetrical beds and paths, the Victorian kitchen garden was a


thing of beauty so we have a way to go. Most of what's here would be


out of place in a kitchen garden and the two pine trees have to come


But nothing will go to waste in our garden. The branches will be used


to support runner beans. The great thing about having 50 people to


help is you have 50 man hours. If they are here for two hours, that


is 100 man hours. That is like me being in the garden for three weeks


on my own. You can achieve an awful lot. All the uprooted plants are


going at the end of the garden, leaving the rest free for David's


ambitious plans. This is looking good. Are you pleased? Yes. I am


pleased! It is fantastic. It is a pleasure to see people working as


enthusiastically as this, wanting to create a new garden in a


beautiful place like Avebury, creating something for the future.


Girls and guys, let's stop for a moment - tea break. You have done a


sterling job. Time to have a break. Thank you. And well deserved it is,


too. Back in London, at Russell's design


studio, there are days till the pitch to the National Trust.


imagine it would be the same fabric or would it be a poorer fabric?


is a frantic phone-round to his suppliers to get props and samples


to illustrate his new take on this old house. The house has got to be


this thing that fires people's imaginations so it is me playing


history with a light touch, adding bits in that are quite unusual, or


inspiring, or curious. That will keep all visitors happy. At last,


the day of the pitch has arrived. Russell has been at the manor night


and day preparing the rooms. quite a lot to do this morning.


Probably an hour-and-a-half to go. We need to keep working through the


rooms, dog a few last minute things. It will be -- doing a few last


minute things. It will be fabulous. The Trust has a duty to protect


buildings. It also has a bigger duty to bring them to life and this


building hasn't been alive for a At the Avebury Estate Office, the


National Trust team is gathering. Sarah Staniforth is one of the


Trust's bigwigs. And without her approval, the whole thing will be


off. If we were doing this from scratch, then we would do much more


research into the sort of the structure of the building because


we tend to base our restoration on precedent and whether it is from


documents or from physical evidence that we can find so this is a


rather different approach to what the National Trust would normally


do. Russell will also be seeing a lot of Lucy Armstrong. She has been


brought in by the Trust to approve day-to-day decisions on what is


historically acceptable. It really is huge. It's not how we would


normally work. It is not how I would work. It is exciting. It is a


fantastic opportunity to work in this way. It is also nerve-wracking


because you want to get it right. If we stop that for a second?


needs to be historically accurate and sympathetic to the building. If


it is not, then you have to go back and change it. The bigger


challenges are simple red tape, of you are not allowed to do that to a


wall, you are not allowed to change the architecture. We totally


understand Grade-I listed but we can change buildings without


affecting what they are and what is important about them. Don't get


confused! Avebury's General Manager, Janet Tomlin, won't have a veto on


what Russell does, but she is the one who needs the manor to start


earning its keep. I hope what we get is a really good idea where we


might be going with the transformation. We have all been,


not kept in the dark, but none of us really know. We have


expectations. Today we see what the designer is thinking. Also here are


Anna and Dan. Armed with historical evidence to back up Russell's


proposals. We are minutes away from our presentation to the National


Trust. I hope Russell's all right, he hasn't slept for the last two


nights. He is a worried man - well, we all are. And enthusiasm? Indeed.


This is what the whole thing is about. It's a lot to pull off. How


are you feeling? I was all right till a minute ago! It is going to


be great. The National Trust haven't seen it since Russell's


dressed the room. The last time they saw it, it was an empty house,


empty rooms, and we have to hope... Oh my God! We have to hope that


what they see they are happy with! This is your big pitch, Russell.


feels like that at the moment. We will see how big it is in half an


hour! It is the moment of truth. We are all here to give Russell a


boost. I think he's going to need it. I'm apprehensive because I know


it means so much to everyone. There's still lots to learn about


the house. Looks like they are coming soon! LAUGHTER Looks like a


School Report! Hello. I'm Russell. Nice to meet you. Lucy. Sarah.


Lovely to meet you. Jan. Well, at least the numbers are even - five


against five. Shall we have a look at a few rooms? I have forgotten


their names already - I'm sorry! The pitch starts in the oldest room


in the house. We wanted to take it back to the time of our Tudor


courtier, William Dunch, a social climber and a self-made man.


Obviously, this is a beautiful tie dor room. Everything in the room


needs to re-- -- Beautiful Tudor room. Everything in the room needs


to be done. We are picking a date of around 1660 for it when it was


seen as a very kind of flashy room. It was a new statement of opulence


for the owners and the things were quite gilded, there was a lot of


colour at that time. To think about somebody doing this to their house


today is quite a crazy thing. To think of it happening then was a


real show of wealth and... Come on, Russell! Let's be honest. You want


some Tudor bring! Tudor inspired furniture... He wants the Dunch


coats of arms painted all over the walls. I want people to go wow, was


it really like this? I can see what he is trying to do factually here.


Historically, bringing colour into the room, lots of golds because it


was a way of reflecting light. How would you propose doing the


painted walls? Obviously, I would like to paint the walls. But you


are not going to let me do that. would be a real issue for us if


that was straight on to the panelling. If you could find a way


of actually doing that on something that's in front of the panelling...


Whether we could find a piece of panelling to mount above the


fireplace, hung like a picture, and go through the process of painting,


gilding and really hung like a picture but true to the state of


the walls. That would look really nice. So Russell's colour scheme


has got a lukewarm reception from the Trust which is worrying.


Upstairs, he's talking even more colours. I have done a few samples,


both in the window and there is one here of the frieze which is picked


up on some of the historical colouring. The frieze is beautiful.


We have found various examples that it could potentially be coloured


and have more colour... The ceiling, these emblems have to be picked out


in colour? I think that ceilings simply for the very simple fact of


reflecting light back into the room... They don't like that.


very cost of trying to re-paint this every year, when the candle


fat had blackened it and when the soot from the fire had blackened


it... Are you saying the Tudor Rose would have been whitewashed?


think so. It is an economy as much as anything. You have the


fabulousness of the plaster, it is there. I think what she is saying


makes sense. I wouldn't paint the freezes, would you? Yes. You would?


-- The friezes, would you? Yes. would? Brace yourself, Lucy, you


ain't seen nothing yet! Welcome to the biggest and most exciting


bedroom for me in the house. As you know, this room has been referred


to as the Queen Anne bedroom. We would like to bring that image to


life. She is reported to have been here in 1704. For me, I would like


to bring that to life for you by going to town on the biggest bed


that really is a statement for the house and something I would love


the visitors to talk about before they even get there. My thoughts


are whether the bed could go in the middle of the room. In a sense,


that would be to work against the room itself. The back of the


headboard, it is a typical space that is never decorated because


they do expect it to be against... There aren't free-standing state


beds. I think that in a sense this is a space that we have. I want the


bed against the wall. That is interesting. Obviously, if you


lived here, yes. But I think... know, we are trying to give people


the impression that people do live here. It should be there. Putting


the bed in the middle of the room hasn't gone down well. So what


about the colour scheme? Marble effect walls and a sky effect


ceiling. I see a worried face. worried face was about the sky with


the marbling. Can you think of another room where there's that


sort of marbling and in a bedroom? I'm not keen on the marble


panelling. I love the blue ceiling. I want that all... In that coving


area, that would look stunning. That is so Queen Anne. It's all too


showy for the Trust. That's quite palatial decoration. A lot of the


ideas the Trust does like. This is almost like Harry Potter, isn't it?


The Governor of Jamaica, who lived in this house, died in this very


room. I'm with it. I love the idea of capturing the Governor of


Jamaica in this room. This feels as if we are on a journey now. I love


it. Absolutely love it. I do think it would be wonderful to have a


dramatic carpet covering most of the room. The more daring the


better. Can I get one of these? Let's take a big risk. Let's not go


half-way and regret that we didn't do the whole thing. If we are going


to do something brave, I would like us to be courageous. Ten rooms and


several hours later, what's the verdict? Has it all been too much


for the Trust? You have seen the rooms now, there's been a lot of


talking. A lot of talking! Are we in business? I think there are some


matters of detail that we need to... Many matters of detail? Erm...


Actually fewer than I expected. When is it full steam ahead or


partly steam ahead? I think what we have been given so far is very


broad strokes. Now is the time to next couple of weeks we can do.


not quite a green light, then. hope you won't be pulling in the


reins on Russell too much. Do you think he was holding back today? I


felt... I felt very comfortable. don't think he was necessarily


holding back. Absolutely, he's the creative type. He's got all these


fantastic ideas. If he had it all his own way, then it becomes


personal taste and this isn't about personal taste, this is about


historical accuracy and that little bit of fairy dust on top. Let's


make it work. We need to get that rubber-stamped within the next two


or three weeks so we can start. don't know whether we can agree the


whole. We can agree aspects of it. So we can get started? We would


want to get moving. But it has to be right. I was excited and I loved


all your things. I found them fascinating. I don't want the bed,


Paul and I were saying, I would prefer the bed against the wall. I


wasn't that keen on the marbling in that room? There's a wonderful


sense of adventure to materials like marble. We are not talking


about real marble, just painting that effect and I love it. I love


the clouds. Yes. We must have that. I'm trying to win the marble and


lose the clouds. Are you? We won't get it all. We will keep...


wonder - I will have a bet with you that they will take the clouds and


not the marble? OK. What's the bet? A fiver. No problem. LAUGHTER Our


plans for the house and the garden will mean a big change of gear por


the Trust. -- for the Trust. I'm not sure they are ready. After the


hottest May since records began, there's a nasty surprise for David


in Our Vic torian kitchen garden. - - in our Victorian kitchen garden -


no-one has watered the shrubs. They are looking very sickly indeed.


This is what I didn't want to happen. This border looked rather


lovely when we re-planted all the material. It hasn't rained for a


good while. No rain at all. These plants obviously haven't had the


water that they require. And quite The trouble is the full-time


gardens at Avebury, who tend the rest of the garden, have told the


Trust they are too busy to help David out. I'm not happy with the


situation with the National Trust at the moment. I don't feel they


have bought into the idea of re- creating this garden and it leaves


me a little bit uneasy. It's been a join it to the rest of the existing


garden. It's a fortnight since the pitch. The Trust is still chewing


over our dramatic proposals. Until they have agreed our plans, nothing


can happen in the house. The problem is we want to decorate the


manor in vivid colours using other historic houses as our model. While


the Trust wants us to use only colours they can prove were once on


the walls and ceilings at Avebury. So Lucy has commissioned paint-


scrapers to find out what colours lie beneath the modern paint and to


prove she's right about the Tudor ceiling only ever being white.


think it will be really worth analysing to see what lies beneath.


We don't know yet. By gently scraping away, you can reveal


slightly larger areas that you can possibly start to understand the


archaeology beneath the surface of what we have presently. It's bad


news for us if they don't find any evidence of colour. So is there


colour on the Tudor ceiling? Or not? I have taken about ten samples


so far. From various areas on the ceiling. And I haven't been able to


find any evidence of colour. I will set them in resin and make cross-


sections and then have a closer look at them under the microscope.


Certainly the main body of the ceiling from visual examination


today looks like it was white. That Maybe the Trust is right to be


worried. Lots of people care about the fate of Avebury Manor. Back in


the 1980s, there was another attempt to breathe new life into


Avebury Manor and it all went disastrously wrong. Before the


Trust took it over, Avebury Manor was owned by maverick property


developer, Ken King. Like us, he wanted to re-launch it as a visitor


attraction. Ken's vision was a kind of Elizabethan theme park. And it


did attract visitors. But the transformation of the manor enraged


the villagers of Avebury. NEWSREEL: I think we would all


agree that the Avebury Manor scheme represents the unattractive face of


the enterprise culture. We are determined to exercise our


democratic rights to resist it. That is our aim. Eventually, the


Elizabethan experience was forced to close. And the manor was bought


Hello. 20 years on, the locals want to make sure we don't get it wrong


as well. You are not flogging this? No. We enjoy your programme. Thank


you. Villager Sir Hugh Jones led the 1988 campaign. NEWSREEL:


attractive face of the enterprise - - an unattractive face of the


enterprise culture. Now he is back. Thank you so much for giving up


your Sunday afternoon. I know this means a lot to you. It is great to


see some young faces here as well. Your opinion really counts. It


really does. I expect some of you have been through this meeting


before with Ken King, have you? ended up in jail! LAUGHTER Well,


don't send me to the Tower just yet! What is there to prevent it


becoming the Elizabethan theme park that it was once? We are not


creating a theme park. That is for sure. It won't be a theme park.


This is still a National Trust house. Will any of the existing


rooms be left as they are? Yes. It's been lived in. That makes it


quite interesting? We are going to try and retain that. We want it to


be lived in. We want that lived-in look. It's all that social history


experience which we want to capture. I think it's an achievable project


but we need the help of everybody. It sounds to be an imaginative


project. One has to be careful not to develop an artificial promotion


for tourism here. Is it going to be helpful in teaching people about


the past? Or is it going to cause friction in the village again? We


will have to wait and see. Avebury welcomes visitors, but we don't


At nearby Wiltshire Agricultural College, an army of students are


working hard to provide David with seedlings and young plants ready


for our kitchen garden at Avebury. Carrots. We are going to put the


peas into these. David was quite lucky to find a willing local


college that has the facilities and the will and the students to carry


it all out. It is a massive job to undergo by yourself. You couldn't


do it in the time space he's got. So he needs as many hands as


possible to get the job done. all, about 500 seedlings will come


from here to our garden. We've got lettuce, Brussel sprouts, carrots,


tomatoes, beans, peas, and this particular one is a runner bean


called Painted Lady. The seedlings will germinate and grow faster here


in the glass houses than they will in the open ground. Back at Avebury,


You will see very rapid transformation. The machines have


only been here ten minutes. You can see what they have achieved. If you


leave them in here all day, most of the day, you will see the paths dug


out, the beds creates and literally within the space of a day we will


have created the bones of this There is a long way to go before


David will be ready for planting. Now, it is time to begin work on


the paths and create the borders. The plan for today is to get our


granite scalpings in. The nice bit is putting the edging boards in


place and creating the shapes of the new bed. That is the plan.


Fingers crossed! The paths will need 120 tonnes of gravel and


limestone chips, all laid by hand. Most of the people here are amateur


but extremely enthusiastic volunteers. What I am looking for


is some fit and strong young men with big muscles! David wants


everything to be right. If that is the centre where the board finishes,


I want you to put them two inches that way and two inches that way.


have watched this garden for the last 20 years, and I came in here


today and I could not believe what's happened in this short space


of time. It is a great opportunity for lots of different people to get


involved from different backgrounds and here you've got people from the


college, you've got school-children, you've got people from the National


Trust. And you've got people like myself from a local gardening club.


It will be interesting to see what it does in five years' time.


trick will be to ensure this hard work is sustained and let's hope


that in ten years' time we will think, wow, what we are doing now


here today, this week, has all been It is fantastic the way it is


coming together. Of course, not everybody on the ground can see it


all coming together. You come up here, you get a bird's-eye view and


you can see it happening. It is like somebody painting a picture


and eventually the artist completes the picture and it is like that.


The more activity, then all of a sudden the picture is complete.


It's been a long and successful day. The borders are marked out, ready


for planting. Where shall I go? Over here? Pretty hard work. Very


rewarding to see all that we've done. Just to see how other people


work as well. It is great. Very tiring, but I shall sleep well!


While work in the garden is well under way, the house is still on


hold. We can't wait any longer or we will never open the manor on


time. We have dispatched Dan and Anna to argue our case for colour,


regardless of the paint-scrape results. I am perplexed. We are


going to use relevant examples from around England. We cannot be


expected to have all the information. This is one thing. I


thought we had agreed it. We need to hit home that this is all about


what is it that gets visitors through the door? There's lots of


talk about heritage tourism and staycations. Legoland in Windsor


has God knows how many visitors a year. How do you get visitors into


heritage properties? Absolutely. We are trying to help them realise


their own aims and ambitions, really. Everything hangs on our


experts convincing Lucy and Sarah from the Trust. Hello. Hi. Nice to


see you. Come in. We meet again after that epic day touring around


the house explaining our vision to you. The purpose of today is to


perhaps re-state that vision and clearly, it's a different kind of


thing for you. It's not a traditional National Trust project.


It is not a traditional re- interpretation. It is about


ambition and also, I think, what excites us about this project, and


I think hopefully you, too, is the fact we can be experimental. How do


you make things real for a visitor? How do you choreograph that


experience? We are suggesting an interpretation. That's right.


That's what's so exciting about the project. I think it's inspiration


rather than re-creation. We agreed some way back that the references


we would use and apply wouldn't be specifically from Avebury but from


buildings of the right period, the right location, the right time.


That is the agreement? Yes. If the paint-scrape comes back with paint


- brilliant. If it doesn't, given that time is pressing, can we paint


the ceiling? It's crunch time. If the Trust says OK, we can brighten


up the house from top to bottom. If they say no, it's back to square


one. What we are saying is that from the point of view of our


visitors next year, we would explain to them that there is no


evidence there was ever coloured paint there. But for the purposes


of this project because there are precedents from other places, you


know, we have gone ahead with a reversible paint scheme so we are


saying yes. We are open to it. Brilliant. Let's give Russell a


ring! He better get busy! At last, we have the green light from the


Trust and work on the house can Next time: Setting Avebury alight.


Are we allowed to have real fires in the house? Most of the smoke


will probably leak. Keeping fit and healthy, the 18th Century way.


Secrets of the Tudor bed. yourself comfortable. As Anna and I


get cosy. Good night, Penelope. Victorian kitchen range saved in


the nick of time. It can be repaired. It is disappointing.


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