Exhibitions at Arundells

Arundells has a dedicated space for exhibitions every year

CANCELLED- Illustrious Britons by Martin Jennings: The Bronze Maquettes

13 June – 23 September 2020

(Please note this event was sadly cancelled due to Covid and we hope to move to a 2022 date soon)

In this unique exhibition, renowned sculptor Martin Jennings presents maquettes of his statues of famous Britons alongside the stories behind their full-size realisations. With exhibits ranging in size from a tiny 6ins high model of his sculpture of George Orwell outside the BBC to a cast of the larger-than-lifesize bust of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Jennings is perhaps best known for his statue of Sir John Betjeman at St Pancras Station. He has twice won the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture. His work is in private and public collections worldwide.

Jennings’ subjects include prominent figures from the worlds of politics, the military, royalty, academia, literature, industry, medicine and the law. In 1991 he was commissioned by the Oxford Union to make a bronze portrait bust of Sir Edward Heath. One of the casts was bought by the sitter himself and remains on display in the drawing room at Arundells, Heath’s former home.

There will be a talk on Thursday 2nd July that links with the exhibition, please check our events page for more information.

Entrance to the exhibition is included with entrance to the house or garden.


The house was originally a medieval canonry, with the first recorded occupant being Henry of Blunston, Archdeacon of Dorset, who lived here from 1291 until his death in 1316.


The peaceful garden extends to around two acres in total, with lawns, mature trees, shrubbery and borders and includes sculpture by G E Wade and the bow of Morning Cloud III.


Arundells Collection includes works by well known artists, ceramics, gifts from world leaders, hand painted Chinese wallpaper and Morning Cloud scale model yachts.


Arundells events include talks, music concerts and recitals, seasonal outdoor theatre, children's events and Christmas events.

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