A spectacular setting for the latest CLA Midlands Women’s Network event

With an exclusive tour of the Clive collection, members visited the beautiful Powis Castle for a cross border event
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Women's Network members enjoying a visit to Powis Castle

Built in the 13th century as a medieval fortress to keep the English out of Wales, Powis Castle and Gardens as it stands today, reflects the changing ambitions and visions of the Herbert family who have occupied it since the 1570’s.

Organised by the CLA Cymru and CLA Midlands teams, Women’s Network members started their day with tea, coffee and freshly made Welsh cakes in the café, this was then followed by a talk from Jonathan Herbert, Viscount Clive on the history of the castle and the family.

Jonathan then invited members to view unique Clive Museum collection, which is furnished with South and East Asian artifacts. This is the largest private collection of its type in the UK containing more than 1000 items dating from the 1600 to 1830’s.

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The afternoon was spent exploring the castle itself which contains decorated fabrics, world-class paintings, furniture and tapestries, with the interior reflecting the Elizabethan period through to the Edwardian period.

Founded in 2020 by CLA Director General Sarah Hendry, the Women’s Network is encouraging women to be more active within the CLA and is creating networking, mentoring and business opportunities for our members.

What a great day it was, meeting new and current members. The cross border event worked really well and it gave our members the opportunity to network with other like-minded people, whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Powis Castle. I'd like to say a huge thank you to Jonathan for accommodating us.

Midlands Regional Director, Sophie Dwerryhouse

If you are interested in joining the Midlands Women’s Network, you can visit the Facebook page and LinkedIn pages (@CLA Women’s Network) or you can email midlands@cla.org.uk.

CLA Women's Network

The network seeks to promote the involvement and voice of women members within the CLA