Gifted to a Grateful Nation?
The legacy of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and the Wallington bequest to the National Trust
Wallington was the Northumberland home of Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan and the first estate of its scale to be given to the National Trust. The gift of this 13,000 acre estate was made back in 1941 on the understanding that Sir Charles and his family could continue to live here – this proved to be a challenging arrangement for all concerned! The property was eventually opened to visitors in April 1968.
In collaboration with Newcastle University, National Trust Wallington and November Club , this event celebrates and challenges Sir Charles’ vision. The first part of the evening takes the form of a short performance by Cliff Burnett and Matt Jamie, capturing a moment in time when Sir Charles came to Newcastle to make his announcement on the BBC. This leads into a wider discussion with a panel of experts framing it within a contemporary discourse.
The confirmed panel members are:
Chair: Dr Tom Shakespeare, University of East Anglia
George Trevelyan CB, named after his grandfather who was the brother of Sir Charles.
Jill Taylor-Roe, University Librarian, Newcastle University
Richard Wheeler, gardens & parks historian at the National Trust
Megan Wilson, PhD candidate, Newcastle University
Michael Hall, editor of The Burlington and former architecture editor, Country Life magazine
What people said
Dr Annie Tindley, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, Newcastle University
Newcastle University student newspaper The Courier