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New exhibition opens at Tyntesfield celebrating rare Victorian objects

Passions and Possessions will showcase a hundred objects bought or created by Anthony Gibbs Credit: ITV News

A new exhibition is opening at Tyntesfield near Bristol to celebrate the rare objects collected by its Victorian owners.

"Passions and Possessions" will showcase a hundred objects bought or created by Anthony Gibbs, who was the heir to the estate's vast family fortune.

It includes paintings and objects from the natural world collected by Gibbs on his extensive travels across the globe.

As the heir to a vast family fortune, Antony was both extremely wealthy and a man of leisure. The exhibition will give visitors the rare opportunity to step into his material world, and discover the private interests of this romantic English collector and master craftsman.

Susan Hayward, Project Curator says: "Antony's interest in arts and crafts was ignited as a boy when he visited the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Gibbs family were frequent visitors and Antony went on to buy from, and then lend artworks to, many other exhibitions around the world."

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Work underway to protect Tyntesfield's ancient yews

Work has begun to trim the avenue of Irish yew trees at Tyntesfield in North Somerset. The walk was planted in the late nineteenth century but has become overgrown.

National Trust gardeners will prune and tie back each of the 57 yews, extending their life for 100 to 150 years, as well as improving the appearance of the feature.

Yew trees at Tyntesfield are being trimmed. Credit: ITV News West Country

Winds close Tyntesfield House and Gardens

Tyntesfield House and Gardens near Bristol is closed because of high winds. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Tyntesfield House and Gardens near Bristol and Stourhead Gardens in south Wiltshire have been closed because of high winds.

At Stourhead the house is still open with a mini bus shuttle running from the main car park.

The gardens are closed because of a risk of debris falling from trees which means nobody can enter the gardens until the winds die down.

Tyntesfield House is closed since the only access routes pass through wooded areas which have also had to be closed.