Moving In: Lady Molly makes a house a home

National Trust Wallington

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Moving In: Lady Molly makes a house a home
In September 1928, Sir Charles Philip Trevelyan inherited Wallington after his father, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, died aged 90 and left the house badly neglected and the whole estate run down. His wife Lady Molly and their six children, aged between 8 and 22 move in and the family gathers in the Central Hall to shout as loudly as they can to wake up the house...

Conceived by November Club with the Wallington House Team. Moving In will be available to the public from May – October 2017. The house is open 12noon – 5pm seven days a week.

Moving In tells the story of how the Trevelyans begin to turn a rather cold and sombre house into a family home. November Club have created a series of installations and soundscapes to help animate the house and recreate what 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 the Parlour, you’ll find evidence of Lady Molly’s plans and the expert House team are on hand to answer your questions. Upstairs you can visit some of bedrooms – each of the 6 children, in order of age, got to pick which one they wanted. Look out for the packing trunks in some of these rooms – just lift the lids to hear more stories about ‘Moving In’.

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.

What people said

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.”