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Aspect – our annual review of the art and heritage market

As specialist insurers of heritage properties, art, collections and the private client sector, understanding the art and heritage markets is our business.

Aspect 2016 showcases some of the incredible properties we insure, discusses important themes in the markets and celebrates our appreciation of art and beautiful buildings.

Highlights of the 2016 edition:

  • Reaching for the sky at the RAF Museum as it aims to become a world-class attraction

  • An interview with Charlotte Skene-Catling, the incredible architect behind the RIBA House of the Year, The Flint House

  • Our expert review of the art market – a sensible period of readjustment, but will it last?

Featured article

We've picked our favourite articles for you to enjoy.

  • Born from adversity – an inspirational Christmas tradition

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    chatsworth xmas  

    Around the stately homes of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland, Christmas fairs, markets and carol services proliferate with mulled wine, mince pies, storytelling and dressing up de rigeur.

    One of the early adopters of this phenomenon was Chatsworth, which under the guidance of the late Deborah Devonshire became one of the forerunners of a grand house being operated as a business.

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  • Multi-generation living, Downton-style

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    Kilruddery interior  

    Situated in County Wicklow, some 20km south of Dublin, Killruddery is home to the Earls of Meath.

    Although the house has its roots in the 17th century, to all intents and purposes it is an early 19th century house built in the Elizabethan style. Like many historic houses, both in Ireland and in the UK, its story is one of survival through strong family bonds and continual diversification.

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  • A meeting of minds creates an architectural gem

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    Flint house  

    Revealed by TV’s Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud as the 2015 winner of the coveted Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year Award, Flint House resembles an Aztec temple sitting in the landscape it was designed to reflect.

    We meet the architect behind this stunning building.

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  • Reaching for the sky at the RAF Museum

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    With a number of awards already to its name, the RAF Museum stands out from the crowd, but with impressive plans underway for the celebration of the service’s 2018 centenary, its team is reaching for the sky to fulfil a vision to be “a world-leading museum that engages, inspires and connects everyone with the RAF story”.

    Aspect met CEO Maggie Appleton MBE and Director of Public Programmes, Karen Whitting.

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