Moving In: A House Reawakens
It’s September 1928 and Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan has inherited Wallington. He moves in with his wife Lady Molly and their six children, aged between 8 and 22. Sir Charles’ father, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, died aged 90 in August 1928 and left the house badly neglected and the whole estate run down.
On their first day as the new owners, the family gathers in the Central Hall to shout as loudly as they can to wake up the house, and inhabit the 13-bedroom mansion. Moving In: A House Reawakens is a story of how the Trevelyans begin to turn a rather cold and sombre house into a family home, before the National Trust took over it.
Quote from Molly’s diary: “I always had a feeling that the old house was awaiting a time of re-awakening after many years of somnolence… It was a great delight to us both to feel the life coming back to the old house with the ring of children’s voices, and the scamper of feet down the long passages.”
Discover how Lady Molly tackled turning Wallington into a home and organising the removals. Northumberland based performing arts company, November Club, have worked closely with National Trust Wallington to bring the Moving In story to life through a series of installations and soundscapes to animate the house and recreate how it might have felt to be there in 1928.
Cinzia Hardy, Artistic Director at November Club said: “Much has happened since 1928, especially since the National Trust took over the house and moved everything about. The house will have felt, sounded and smelt a lot different. The light would have poured in since Lady Molly pulled down the curtains. The children – even the older ones – loved noise, boisterous games and conversation and we’re inviting people to come in and imagine what it would have been like for the Trevelyan family and get a real sense of who they were and what the house was like.”
In several of the downstairs rooms you will find evidence of the removals and the house waking up. There are specially well-informed guides in some of the rooms who will happily tell you stories about the family at this period. Upstairs you will be able to visit some of the family bedrooms, there was a choice of thirteen on the gallery. Each child in order of age got to pick their own.
You may not know a lot about the Trevelyans but by the time you leave you should have a sense of who they were and what they were like. Explore and form your own views about the eccentric Englishman, Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, his ever-patient wife, Lady Molly, and their wonderfully lively children.
Conceived by November Club with the Wallington House Team. Moving in: A House Reawakens will be available to the public from Monday 8 May 2017. The house is open 12noon – 5pm seven days a week.
Kathryn Row, Marketing and Audience Development Manager at November Club
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