A new exhibition opens at Sewerby Hall and Gardens on Saturday, 9 June. '1918- Duty Done' is a sequel to the 2014 exhibition, 'Duty Calls' and commemorates the centenary of the signing of the armistice which ended the war. It looks back at what happened in this country and around the world after the end of the First World War, and explores the consequences.
The period after 1918 saw tumultuous changes to life. A hundred years later, the exhibition considers the legacy of signing the armistice on 11 November, 1918, which ended the fighting. Monarchs lost their thrones, empires collapsed, and new countries arose. There was immense social upheaval, as power was swept away from the aristocracy in this country. This led to huge changes in the workings of country house estates, such as Sewerby Hall and Gardens, which became a relic of a bygone age. Many country houses never recovered.
The exhibition looks at the new map of Europe and especially Germany. It also looks at how and when women were given the right to vote.
Curator Janice Smith explains : "It has been fascinating to put together this exhibition to mark the centenary of the signing of the armistice which ended the First World War. I hope that our visitors young and old will enjoy learning a bit more about this vital period of history, which has such a huge impact on the century which followed. "
The house is open daily from 11am- 4.30pm, and admission to the house and gardens costs £8.00 for adults (reduced to £7.50 in term time) ; £5.90 for children aged 3-15 (reduced to £5.40 in term time); £26 for a family pass (or £24 in term time). Two-day passes are also available. Full details of the exhibition, the house, the Gardens, zoo, events, and the Clock Tower Café can be found at www.sewerbyhall.co.uk