FASCINATING insights into the life and legacy of the remarkable former owner of Tatton Park are about to be revealed.

Two special exhibitions are being held to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Maurice Egerton.

For the first time, incredible items from his extensive travelling expeditions will be on display.

The fourth and last Baron Egerton of Tatton was an innovator and a man of great inventive and technical skill.

A pioneer aviator, photographer and filmmaker, he was an early motorist and prodigious traveller.

Knutsford Guardian: Maurice Egerton's passion for early aviation brought him into contact with the Wright BrothersMaurice Egerton's passion for early aviation brought him into contact with the Wright Brothers (Image: Tatton Park)

Carolyn Latham, mansion and collections manager, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to have Lord Egerton’s safari camping kit on display for the first time having been donated back to the Tatton Park collection, following its recent conservation by the National Trust Textile Studios.

“Many other fascinating gems from the collection highlighting Lord Egerton’s life and travels will be on display in these compelling exhibitions.”

This new exhibition delves into life on safari in the 1920s and 1950s when Lord Egerton, known affectionately as Lordy, explored great swathes of Africa.

Maurice’s meticulous travel diaries leave a incredible insight into where he went, what he saw, who he met and what specimens he collected during his expeditions and why.

The exhibition looks at the adventures that happened to him along the way from leopard attacks to surviving stand storms.

Back by popular demand, the second exhibition showcases some of the photographs Lord Egerton took during his long life documenting events such as his attendance at the first ever Grand Prix.

A prolific photographer from childhood, the collection captures a life full of adventure.

Lord Egerton travelling all over the world and pursuing all sorts of interests.

His passion for early aviation brought him into contact with the Wright brothers. He even bought one of the first airplanes, when flight was definitely not for the faint-hearted.

The 150-year commemoration is a time to reflect on the great legacy bestowed by Maurice Egerton, in leaving Tatton Park, one of the most complete historic estates in Britain, for thousands of people to enjoy every year.

The mansion reopens for high season on Wednesday, March 27.

Opening times from Wednesday to Sunday are 12.30pm to 4.30pm.