John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill devoted his life to the preservation of the Palace. He faced a difficult task - balancing the needs of the modern day visitor with the necessity of maintaining a World Heritage Site.
He once said,
"Although the Battle of Blenheim was won in 1704, the Battle for Blenheim continues in the unceasing struggle to maintain the structure of the building and to obtain the finance for the future."
He introduced the Pleasure Gardens, including the Railway, Maze and Butterfly House, and also set up a Churchill Exhibition in the Palace. He restored his father’s Secret Garden in 2004 as part of the tercentenary celebrations of the Battle of Blenheim.
During the 11th Duke’s time, Blenheim Palace began to host major cultural and sporting events.
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