Palace House

Palace House at Beaulieu in Hampshire will open part of the late Lord Montagu’s private apartment for the first time with the launch of a new exhibition, The Lady and the Rebel.

The exhibition is a tribute to two women in the Montagu family whose lives, between them, spanned the whole of the 20th century.

A bit of history

Pearl and Elizabeth’s stories came together when Pearl became Elizabeth’s stepmother on her marriage to John 2nd Baron Montagu.

The two women are said to have had very different personalities. Pearl was conventional and did her best to conform to expectations while Elizabeth was curious, creative and unimpressed by being the daughter of a lord.

The stories of Pearl, Lord Montagu’s grandmother, and Elizabeth, his aunt, told through The Lady and the Rebel exhibits, are set to give both a local and international perspective on many of the significant events of the 20th century.

Lord Montagu’s private apartment

The newly opened section of the apartment includes the library which was used by the late Lord Montagu as a sitting room and office.

The Lady and the Rebel exhibition will line the corridor outside the library, so groups visiting can discover the story of Pearl and Elizabeth before entering the newly accessible rooms.

Groups visiting will get to access the newly opened library at Palace House through a false bookshelf door.

Groups visiting Beaulieu

Entrance to The Lady and the Rebel exhibition as well as the newly opened apartment is included in the entry price to Palace House.

Groups who’d like to extend their itinerary at Beaulieu can purchase a value ticket that includes entrance to Palace House, the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey and grounds, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars and the Secret Army Exhibition.

Groups travel organisers should visit for more information.

Pictured: Beaulieu Palace House. (Photo credit: VisitEngland).