Locations visited by Emilia Fox

Royal Hall

Ripon Road
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 2RD

01423 500500

Former mayor Samson Fox was a prime mover in a campaign to build Harrogate's magnificent theatre, which was opened in 1903. It's possible to take a guided tour of the building.

Grove House

Skipton Road
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 4LA

01423 502438

Samson Fox's former home is now the Grand Lodge of England for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB). It's possible to stay at the house. See www.raobgle.org.uk/holiday-breaks for details.

Leeds Industrial Museum

Canal Road
Armley
LS12 2QF

0113 263 7861

Once the world's largest cotton mill, Leeds Industrial Museum "contains exhibits dating from the 18th and 19th centuries that show the history of textiles, clothing and engine and locomotive manufacture in the area". It's here that Emilia learns about her forebear Samson's ingenuity and inventiveness from Neil Dowlan, curator of engineering.

Royal College of Music

Prince Consort Road
London
SW7 2BS

020 7591 4300
www.rcm.ac.uk

The RCM's main building was paid for by Emilia's great-great grandfather, the industrialist Samson Fox. The buidling was officially opened by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, who made reference to Samson's "discerning munificence" at the ceremony. More details about visiting the RCM are available on the college's website.

University of Bristol Theatre Collection

Department of Drama
Cantocks Close
Bristol
BS8 1UP

0117 331 5086

The theatre collection at Bristol "holds a vast collection of original documents, photographs, film footage and artefacts from theatres, actors, performers, designers and theatre historians". Researchers are welcome to visit, although it's worth checking ahead as not all material is stored on site.

The Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London
SW7 2RL

020 7942 2000
www.vam.ac.uk

The theatre collection at the V&A has extensive archives, including a record of every theatre performance in London between 1660 and 1959. It's here that Emilia sees memorabilia relating to her great-grandmother Hilda Hanbury's career. For more on the collection, visit the Victoria and Albert Museum's website here.

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