'Newsbeat' joins a tour of Westport House in Westport County Mayo to see the many objects, statues and paintings on display.
The stately home of Westport House has been open to the public since 1960 and offers a number of tourist attractions, from tours of the house to a pirate adventure park.
Referencing a book by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu titled 'The Gilt and the Gingerbread' subtitled 'or how to live in a Stately Home and make money' Frank Hall says that the purpose of Stately Homes is
To make money by satisfying public curiosity.
Westport House is the residence of the Marquess of Sligo and is one of the town's industries under the management of Jeremy Lord Altamont, son of the tenth Marquess. Frank Hall talks to Lord Altamont about opening up the house to the public.
Some of the house’s treasures are on display in this ‘Newsbeat’ report, including a family portrait of Howe Peter Browne, the second Marquess, described by a tour guide as "a wayward young man" who was imprisoned for taking seamen from a British warship to bring Greek antiquities back to Westport.
This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 12 June 1968. The reporter is Frank Hall.