Gifted to a Grateful Nation at Kings Hall, Newcastle University - showing Cliff Burnet as Sir Charles Philip Trevelyan and matt Jamie at Jones (a BBC producer). © November Club

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 celebrated and challenged Sir Charles’ vision. The first part of the evening took 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.

Artistic Direction by Cinzia Hardy
Written by Fiona Ellis
Costumes Designed by Imogen Cloet

Panel of speakers for A Gifted Nation?

This lead into a wider discussion with a panel of experts framing it within a contemporary discourse.

The panel members:
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

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