Ladies of London’ Alum Julie Montagu Shares Fears for Future of Historic Home amid Closure

As the world adjusts to a new stay-at-home lifestyle brought on by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many people’s homes have also become their workplace.

But for Ladies of London star Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke­ — who manages the historic Mapperton Estate with her husband, Luke Timothy Charles Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke and son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich — her home is her business.

“We open up our home to the public in order to keep that history alive,” the future Countess of Sandwich tells PEOPLE of managing the grounds of her family’s 500-year-old home in Dorset, England. “The visitor income helps to maintain English heritage.”

Montagu says while they’ve lost their main source of income with estate visits indefinitely shut down and weddings and events canceled, the greater threat is that most of the country’s historic homes won’t be in a financial position to reopen until next year —

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GM unveils 10 future EVs, new batteries and its plan to beat Tesla

General Motors wants to do better at telling the story of its electric vehicle development.

So GM leaders invited about 150 journalists to an “EV day” Wednesday, showing 11 future EVs in its Design Dome at the Warren Technical Center in Michigan. GM did not allow any photographs of the vehicles or provide any to the media.

The upcoming GMC Hummer pickup hulked in one corner of the dome and the Cadillac Lyriq, a futuristic SUV, was shown across the aisle. 

“We want to put everyone in an EV, and we have what it takes to do it,” GM CEO Mary Barra said. 

What it takes is technology that GM said it’s inventing to dominate other electric car companies such as Tesla.

For example, GM said it has developed new battery modules, called Ultium, that will reduce the cost to make the batteries and help consumers afford EVs. GM has

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