Bowood and the First World War

2014 Exhibition ‘For King and Country’

‘For King and Country: Bowood and the First World War’ The 2014 Exhibition at Bowood House will feature paintings, photographs and documents from the Lansdowne family’s collections to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Exhibition will focus on four main themes : the moving story of the family during the First World War, with Charles Mercer Nairne, the younger son of the 5th Marquis of Lansdowne killed in action at Ypres only three months after the start of the war. The setting up of the Red Cross Hospital at Bowood House by the Marchioness of Lansdowne and the stories of the patients, their lives and the changes made to the Estate during this period. The transformation of the Estate from the beginning to the end of the war, the stories of its workforce and how the Estate was managed during this time and the dramatic “Peace Letter” written by the 5th Marquis published in the Daily Telegraph on 29 November 1917 advocating peace.

The Exhibition will run throughout the open season 1 April – 2 November 2014 and we are keen to hear from people who may have anecdotes about the Estate during the First World War to add to our story.

If you would like to send us your story please contact Bowood Estate Reception on 01249 812102 or click here to send us an email.

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