Sunnycroft marks the Centenary of the First World War

Sunnycroft, the National Trust villa in Wellington is preparing to mark the centenary of the First World War with a programme of exhibitions relating to the war and its impact on the house and families over the next fours years.

Visitors to the villa this year might be surprised to find that part of the war commemorations involve a celebration, looking back at the wedding of Thomas Offley and Muriel Lander in October 1914. Although the wedding was not held at Sunnycroft it was a very grand affair, despite being a war wedding, and visitors will be able to see all of the memorabilia of the day, including the marriage certificate, guest lists, and wedding presents, which came to Sunnycroft when the couple moved there in 1942.

Assistant House and Visitor Services Manager, Megan Cullinan says: “As the outbreak of WWI is commemorated across the globe, the National Trust are taking a look at the impact of the conflict on the lives of some of the people who lived at our places, with special exhibitions, trails and events. In the coming years Sunnycroft will be exploring training of the troops and nurses, the housing of Belgian refugees and the impact of injury to and even death of loved ones during the 1914 to 1918 war.  It is good to start with the positive story of a happy and loving marriage as the long Edwardian summers drew to a close bringing a time of change for everyone.”

The exhibition will run from 1st August 2014 until early 2015 and will be open to Sunnycroft visitors on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10.30am to 5pm, with last admission to the villa at 4pm.  Normal admission charges apply, free to National Trust members and under 5s. For further details on events visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sunnycroft or call the property on 01952 242884.

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