65 years of Wilton Park at Wiston House
9 February, 2016
2016 marks not one, but two milestones for Wilton Park. Whilst we celebrate 70 years of existence as a diplomatic institution, we also mark our arrival at our green and pleasant home in Sussex.
We are Wilton Park at Wiston House – many of our welcome participants and guests understandably get confused by the two names. Wilton Park was a house. Sadly no longer in existence, it stood a mile north-east of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and became known known as The White House due to its plastered Portland Stone and Palladian columns. The institution of Wilton Park was created at The White House in 1946 before relocating five years later to the 16th century Elizabethan Manor, Wiston House, in the South Downs, travelling lightly with only its name and purpose as luggage. This purpose was originally the re-education of German prisoners of war but has since expanded into vital foreign policy dialogue on a range of global issues. In this time Wiston House has hosted upwards of 1,300 events.
Currently Grade I listed, much of the manor has been demolished and rebuilt, yet there are records in the Domesday Book of a residence located here. The house is still owned by the Goring family, having acquired it through marriage in 1743.
Today the House continues to provide a discreet and calm setting for often lively, animated and open foreign policy discussion, providing vital diplomatic support to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
We hope to long remain Wilton Park at Wiston House, continuing to promote global security, prosperity and justice.
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