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Secrets of the Palace; Hillsborough Castle Revealed – Invitation Only

October 6, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr Christopher Warleigh-Lack, Senior Curator at Hillsborough Castle is an architectural historian and authority on 18th century architecture.

Prior to Hillsborough Castle, Dr Warleigh-Lack has work for many prestigious organisations, including the National Trust across Northern Ireland and England, the Limerick Civic Trust and Shannon Heritage,

On this Lecture Tour, Dr Warleigh-Lack will reveal the untold secrets of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland and present our plans to transform and open the doors of this previously ‘closed and private’ palace to visitors.

Secrets of the Palace; Hillsborough Castle Revealed

Photo by John Harrison/Harrison Photography

Photo by John Harrison/Harrison Photography

Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland. It is the official residence of HM The Queen in Northern Ireland and has been the residence of the Secretary of State since the 1970s.

Built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire, the castle was the principal seat of the Marquis for over 200 years. Benjamin Franklin spent five days in Hillsborough Castle as the guest of Wills Hill, Secretary of State for the colonies. The animosity between them is said to have contributed to the American War of Independence.

The next chapter in Hillsborough Castle’s history has begun…

In April 2014 Historic Royal Palaces took over the management of Hillsborough Castle, and since then we have been working with friends, partners and the local community in developing our vision for this beautiful heritage site. It is a place full of fascinating stories that we aim to share with the widest possible audience whilst delivering a unique high quality visitor experience.

This fall, Historic Royal Palaces will be returning to the States to share our vision of one of the most extraordinary palaces in Northern Ireland, a palace that maintains a close link to our friends in American to this day.


October 6, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


American Irish Historical Society
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The American Irish Historical Society
The American Irish Historical Society is a cultural institution featuring a library and archive, public arts programming, and events space.
991 Fifth Avenue
New York
United States

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