The Elizabethan mansion’s tapestry collection can now be seen in a completely new light thanks to the high-tech tour. Simply scan objects and tapestries in the Hall with your smartphone or tablet to discover more about each piece.
The Gamar trails use augmented reality to animate objects such as the unicorns and characters featured on the tapestries. It includes interactive games, the chance to design your own tapestry, save designs and photographs and share them on social media.
You can download the Gamar app on iOS or Android before visiting, or at the Gatehouse’s WiFi hotspot and, if you don’t have your own smart device, there are a small number of tablets available to borrow.
The tapestry trail will begins when the Hall opens for the 2018 season on Easter Sunday (April 1st) and will be available right through to the end of the season on September 30th. The Hall is open every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 12pm–4:30pm.
The Hall offers over 400 years of unbroken family occupation resulting in fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, porcelain and a wealth of amusing stories.
Its significant collection of tapestries includes 17th century Flemish tapestries that have hung in the Yellow Bedroom since the 1760s. The conservation of these tapestries is now being carried out in the Drawing Room of Doddington Hall and allows visitors to see and learn about the conservation project first-hand.
in 2018 Doddington Hall will also welcome the return of Giacomo Franceschini ’s Hagar and Ishmael painting, which has been away for restoration. Visitors will be able to see the Baroque painting back in place in the impressive Long Gallery.
A display of armour also returns to the hall after being on long-term loan with the National Civil War Centre and will be on display at the top of the house. The armour once belonged to John Hussey, the second son of Sir Edward Hussey and Lady Hussey. He fought in the Civil War and was killed during the Battle of Lea at nearby Gainsborough in 1645.