First World War centenary

We are commemorating the lives of those who were there on the battlefield and on the home front, and sharing their stories with you.

Stories from our places

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Our collections

Travelling case belonging to Capt. Tommy Agar-Robartes of Lanhydrock

Travelling case belonging to Capt. Tommy Agar-Robartes of Lanhydrock

Our collections include items that bring to life the many stories of those who experienced the war, on the battlefield and at home.

Country house life during the war

Country houses including Belton House, Morden Hall Park and Gibside were transformed during the First World War to help the war effort.

War memorials

We care for around 170 war memorials (about 70 from the First World War) and our places have connections to another 130 through family members, staff or other historical connections. You can also search our war memorials on a new online map.

A poem of remembrance

To mark the end of our series of silent walks commemorating the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, poet Ken Cockburn has written a poem. The work is inspired by his experiences on our walks and his visits to the battlefields.

Words from the War

Gain an insight into the Great War through our places and the people who lived there in The Country House at War. We have a range of books including First World War Poems, as well as mugs, posters and jigsaws in our online shop.

Join the conversation

From stately home to hospital

In 1914, Dunham Massey, the stately home of the Grey family, was transformed into Stamford Military Hospital, caring for wounded soldiers from all over the British empire. One humdred years later, the house has turned back the clock, using hands-on displays and actors performing scenes based on real events to really show what it was like for the patients and nurses who stayed there.