Wrest Park displays wartime exhibition

Date Posted: 21/07/2015

A new World War 1 exhibition at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire tells the story of how it became England’s first World War One convalescent home.

Groups visiting the English Heritage site can now see Wrest Park at War, which tells the story of how it was the first country house to take in convalescing soldiers during World War One.

Set in the drawing room of the house, the exhibition includes graphics and an audio-visual display of historic photographs and vivid diary extracts, depicting how the rooms would have looked at the time.

About Wrest Park at War

During the war the author of Peter Pan, J.M Barrie, gave £1,000 to support the Wrest Park venture and was a regular visitor to the hospital, organising games and entertainment for the convalescents.

1,600 men passed through the hospital’s wards and by 1916 it had a deserved reputation as the best country house based hospital.

The Wrest Park at War exhibition will be on display for approximately three years, adding to the list of Bedfordshire Attractions.

For more information on Wrest Park events visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/wrestpark.

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