Connecting with stories of kindness at Calke

Pledge wall at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Inspired by the Pledge Wall at Calke, part of our HumanKind exhibition, we’re sharing stories of kindness online, creating an online space to talk about kindness. Find out how you can participate here.

Talking about isolation and loneliness

To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Henry Harpur, dubbed the ‘Isolated Baronet’, HumanKind delves deeper into Calke’s history of loneliness and isolation, sharing new stories about the people who lived here. HumanKind also aims to challenge the stigma around modern-day loneliness, by opening up spaces for conversation and reflection.

The Pledge Wall at Calke is one element of HumanKind that encourages small acts kindness – whether that’s phoning a friend, donating food or looking after your own wellbeing. Pick up a card that appeals to you, take it away, and be inspired to do a good deed. 

Take a card and pledge to do something kind
Pledge cards at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Take a card and pledge to do something kind

Sharing your stories online

Inspired by the Pledge Wall, we’re keen to share stories of kindness on social media, both @NTCalkeAbbey and @NTMidlands. We hope to inspire you to share stories about the impacts of kindness, and carve out a little space of the internet where we can all have positive conversations about being kind. 

Starting on Tuesday 20 August, we’ll be posting pledges once a week for a month and sharing authentic stories about the impact of those acts of kindness – big and small. We welcome your contributions – whether you’ve taken a card from the Pledge Wall at Calke or been on the receiving end of a good deed, we’d love you to join us online. 

" I try to do random acts of kindness as often as I can, it makes me happy to make other people happy. "
- National Trust employee

Look out for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or follow #YourCalke to be a part of the conversation. 


Follow Calke Abbey on Facebook to see snippets of what goes on around the estate.


Keep up with the conversation on Twitter and share your stories at #YourCalke.


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