A warm welcome to Renishaw Hall and Gardens.

Whether you are a first time or seasoned visitor, Renishaw Hall is a truly beautiful place to visit.

Renishaw has been in my family for nearly 400 years and generations of Sitwells have made their mark on the architecture, gardens and wider estate which comprise Renishaw and so much of what you see on your visit. I hope you will thoroughly enjoy your time at Renishaw now it is under my care and still very much a family home.

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Grand Tour: Season 3


The Grand Tour Exhibitions makes its return for a third year across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Alongside the headline exhibitions are a selection of Fringe Events, taking place between the two counties, including a new exhibition and specialist tours here at Renishaw Hall.


Tours will take place on 1st July & 16th September at 2pm. Pre-booking essential.

Brother’s in Art: The Sitwell Passion and Patronage

Exciting new connections from today’s artistic world have been made with Renishaw Hall to create the ‘Brothers in Art’ event: featuring new Hall tours focusing on the family’s tradition of promoting and collecting art, a fascinating exhibition of contemporary work by Derbyshire artist Louise McNiff, as well as inspired poetry and prose from Sheffield Hallam University’s creative writing students – all forming a new exhibition which explores Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell’s passion and patronage for art.


The new, in depth ‘Brothers in Art’ tour of Renishaw Hall is led by experienced archivist, Christine Beevers, and focuses exclusively on the family’s collection on display to visitors; one which is internationally-known for its eclectic mix, arranged to provide an element of surprise, with the distinctive Sitwell sense of quirkiness never very far away.

The Sitwell custom of supporting new talent in both art and literature is shown to be still strong today through Derbyshire artist Louise McNiff’s work, commissioned by Renishaw Hall specifically for this season; her work tracing the creations of 20th century artist and Sitwell friend, John Piper.


“I am exploring the unique spirit and atmosphere of Renishaw Hall, through the Italianate gardens and beyond, using print, collage and mixed media techniques on paper and fabric. Tracing John Piper’s footsteps, my focus will be on the relationship between the structure and symmetry of the architecture and gardens, set against the backdrop of the untamed landscape that surrounds it” describes Louise.

Louise’s art pieces are complimented by writing from some of Sheffield Hallam University’s creative writing students, who also followed Piper in visiting Renishaw and seeing his work. The students used the Piper collection to explore what the artist – and they – saw and felt about the house, gardens, and the literary history of the Sitwells, as Dr Harriet Earle, Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, explains:


“We were delighted to work in collaboration with Renishaw Hall to celebrate the life and works of John Piper. During Piper’s time at Renishaw Hall during the Second World War, he created a number of captivating and highly evocative landscape paintings of the Hall and other key sites in the region. These works speak not only to the beauty of the environment, but also to the spirit of the age, the region’s industrial heritage and, of course, the massive upheaval of the war. We are proud to present the work of six students, all of whom have taken different approaches to their understanding of – and engagement with – Renishaw Hall”.

The new exhibition looks at the Sitwell brothers’ incredible influence of their support of many 20th century artists. Owner of Renshaw Hall & Gardens and great niece of the Trio, Alexandra Sitwell, says:


“The legacy my great uncles – and great aunt – left to The Arts is huge, as was their passion for it. I am thrilled to be hosting a new series of hall tours looking at their incredible art collection, as part of The Grand Tour season. We are so fortunate to enjoy much of the Trio’s collection here at my home still today and their work with many early 20th century artists stretches internationally – something of which I am immensely proud. It’s even more pleasing that here at Renishaw we are featuring a new contemporary art and writing exhibition this season, by artists and writers who have been clearly enthused by Renishaw and our John Piper collection”.


These special tours take place on 1st July and 16th September at 2pm. Pre-booking is advisable on 01246 432310. £15.50 Adult; £14.50 Concession.

The Brothers in Art exhibition will be open in the Museum throughout the year. Please click here for information on opening times.