Exhibitions at Arundells

History, Politics, Art & Music

Temporary Exhibitions at Arundells

Images by John Rose Photography https://www.johnrosephotography.com/

In this unique exhibition, renowned sculptor Martin Jennings presents maquettes of his statues of famous national figures alongside the stories behind their full-size realisations. Exhibits range 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 portrait 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 given by Martin on Thursday 12th May, to book tickets please click here.

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

As part of the Dreweatts Artist Insights series Jonathan Pratt talks to Martin about life as a portrait artist and his first visit to Arundells to meet Sir Edward Heath. Watch this fascinating conversation below.

ARCHIVE, IMAGES & MUSIC CREDITS Personal Archive & Exhibition Programme Imagery: Courtesy of Martin Jennings and Steve Russell Studios Images & Archive: Sir Archibald McIndoe | Courtesy of Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust / East Grinstead Museum Images & Archive: Sir Edward Heath | Courtesy of Arundells, Salisbury Image: Sir John Betjeman statue from behind looking out at St. Pancras ceiling | Credit Ian Dick 2008 CC BY-SA 2.0 | via Flickr Music Track 1 : A Tender Heart | created by David Roy Collective | Artlist Music Track 2 : Spectacular | created by Piotr Hummel | Artlist Music Track 3: Fortitude | created by Lance Conrad | Artlist

The exhibition has kindly been sponsored by Dreweatts.

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Permanent Exhibitions at Arundells

The Soldier Exhibition

This small exhibition celebrates Edward Heath’s military service and highlights how this short, but full and often traumatic, period influenced and shaped his thoughts and views on many different subjects throughout his life.

Edward Heath’s uniform and medals form part of the exhibition and really help bring the words to life. 

The History of the House Exhibition

The house itself has a fascinating history which dates right back to the 13th Century. This exhibition tells the story of its former occupants as well as the architectural changes the house has undergone over the years.

Located in the upstairs corridor of the house, you will find yourself immersed in tales of statesmen, royalty and salvation from ruin. 


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.

Upcoming Event at Arundells