Think of visiting a National Trust property and you’ll probably conjure up flock wallpaper, ornate chairs you can’t sit in and carrot cake. Not any more. In a bid to shake off their fusty dusty image, the National Trust have been putting on loads of great events as part of The London Project. Now, they’re going one step further by organising tours around the iconic ‘Big Brother’ House in Elstree Studios on September 27/28. These guys know all about important houses and as this is apparently ‘the most important house in Britain’, it seems only right that they should be the ones to open it to the public. Oh and they’ll be celebrating all the housemates ‘achievements’ since BB started in 2000 with everything you’d expect from a National Trust property: ‘a warm greeting from a friendly volunteer, good signage and interpretation, and a prickly pine-cone or two on a chair.’
Before you ask if the National Trust are taking the piss, they sort of are. This is an attempt to show their wittier side and attract a new audience. Ivo Dawnay, London director of the National Trust said, said: ‘It [the house] represents a phenomenon which has real sociological and historical importance. Let’s confess, we are opening the ‘Big Brother’ house as a bit of a joke, against ourselves, or is that with ourselves?’ So if you fancy an educational day out to see the spot where all those rude party games and epic diary room tantrums happened, now’s your chance.
Book now at nationaltrust.org.uk/london.