Staffordshire Centre

Supporting The National Trust

The proceeds from events that we organise are used to support the National Trust. The following gives a summary of the results of our efforts at Shugborough in recent years.

Shugborough Update

The Touch To See tactile guide for the mansion, donated bt the Centre in 2023, has been organised by Partnerships & Participation Manager, Arry Cain, to support visitors who are blind and partially sighted. Arry and the house team have worked with the RNIB to create incredible tactile books. They selected 10 items from the collection that help to narrate the journey through the mansion and the story of the Anson brothers. The books have been produced in both braille and large print, and contain labelled, tactile representations of the images. The Imari Vase, the Furietti Centaur sculpture, a Portrait of Thomas Anson, and an image of the mansion itself, all feature in the books. Visitors that wish to use these books will be welcome to take a seat at the table in the Room of Imaginary Landscapes and soak up the atmosphere, whilst experiencing the journey through touch. They have already had a visit from somebody who kindly volunteered to test the books, and they are implementing their valuable feedback to shape how the offer is presented and supports visitors to use them.

In addition to these books, visitors are now also able borrow braille and large print information booklets about the wider Shugborough Estate, from Visitor Reception.

The Serenity Garden

Work on the former Yew Garden is now complete and Marc Brown, the Apprentice Gardener at Shugborough who managed this project, has given a detailed update.
The old herbaceous long border in the formal gardens was tired and no longer suitable for the challenges of climate change. It was initially called the Yew Garden but as the design came together, it has been re-named the Serenity Garden, and a garden is being created that will benefit visitors across all seasons.

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50th Anniversary Donation Helps Visually Impaired Visitors

In its fiftieth year, the centre has donated £3,500 to the Shugborough estate. The bulk of the money funded the creation of a Touch To See tactile tour book and map, pictured here, of the mansion, in conjunction with the RNIB, for visitors who are blind or visually impaired.

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Planting Trees and Wildflower Meadows

The benefits of planting parkland trees and the creation of a wildflower meadow will be seen for years to come, creating a bright and beautiful, wildlife friendly, part of the garden, and another wonderful legacy of the group.

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Sponsoring The Shugborough Bookshop

See how an initial donation can generate significant fundraising rewards and make a big difference to conservation and restoration efforts.

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