First World War and the National Heritage Collection

English Heritage is the custodian of the National Heritage Collection, predominantly these are properties and sites that are open to the public. Many country houses and castles, now in the care of English Heritage, were requisitioned and adapted for a variety of uses during the First World War. They became convalescent hospitals, military bases and training camps, signal stations and more.

Visitors to some of these sites this summer will be able to discover more about the Home Front, through a series of events and exhibitions that tell the story of life at this time.

English Heritage’s newest event series, ‘War and the Horse’, will bring to life the attitudes and tactics seen amongst British forces in the build-up to, and during, the early days of the war. A mixture of dramatic re-enactments, educational talks, music and children’s activities will imaginatively examine the crucial role of the horse in the war, with a particular focus on the powerful imagery of the cavalry of 1914 as they prepared for action.

For more information on how you can get involved please visit the English Heritage website.

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