Turning new page on stories from past at historic York home

Eden Ballantyne.
Eden Ballantyne.
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Characters from the past are being used to inspire young visitors to one of Yorkshire’s historic homes.

Eden Ballantyne, a professional story teller from Stories Alive, will be entertaining youngsters at Beningbrough Hall, near York, this half term with fictional tales that bring the history of the National Trust property to life.

“It will be a fictional story based around when Lady Chesterfield, the last private owner died and about the time when it came to the National Trust,” a spokeswoman for the National Trust said.

She said the tales would also bring Beningbrough’s collection of portraits to life. The paintings feature people who have made, and are making, British history and culture and many have a story to tell.

Many of the works are by Sir Godfrey Kneller, who was the leading portrait painter in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and was court painter to monarchs from Charles II to George I.

The story telling workshops will take place on February 17 and 21. During half term Beningbrough will also host art workshops. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough for details.