New chapter for historic Derbyshire property

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THE National Trust is to take over the running of a historic Derbyshire property.

Eyam Hall and Craft Centre in the village of Eyam have been leased to the National Trust by its owners, Robert and Nicola Wright, following their retirement.

Mr Wright said: “The hall is part of Eyam’s remarkable history.

“It was important to us that its story continues to be told which is why we approached the Trust to help ensure this happens.”

The story of the Wright family will be told in the hall and garden, and the craft centre will offer a visitor centre from which to explore the plague story around the village.

Harry Bowell, assistant director of operations for the National Trust in the Midlands, said: “We are very excited about National Trust Eyam.

“It is a great opportunity for us to do something different - working with the local community to tell the internationally-significant plague story around the courage of a community, while helping to conserve Eyam Hall and Craft Centre.”

It will open mid-March.