Stories of kindness and compassion at Calke Abbey

HumanKind takes a fresh look at the lives of six members of the Calke household. Spanning more than 200 years, their stories are easy for many of us to relate to today. Whilst they experienced moments of loneliness and isolation, it was always their caring relationships with others that got them through difficult times.

A portrait of Sir Henry Harpur

Henry Harpur, the 'Isolated Baronet'

Another side to Henry Harpur, known as the ‘Isolated Baronet’, is revealed through his playful schoolboy doodles.

Portrait of George Crewe at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

George Crewe

The eldest son, George struggled when he was sent away to school, but eventually found the love and support he needed.

Portrait of Georgiana Crewe and her son Vauncey at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Georgiana, Lady Crewe

Georgiana, Lady Crewe enjoyed loving relationships with her children, despite being despribed as ‘isolated’ based on a single diary entry.

HumanKind exhibition at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Harriet Phillips, the Housekeeper

Social stigma helped shape the lives of Calke’s Housekeeper, Harriet Phillips, and her illegitimate son, Samuel.

Photograph of Winifred Harpur Crewe at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Winifred Harpur Crewe

Winifred Harpur Crewe travelled the world, but when tragedy struck, it was Calke that she returned to.

Photograph of Airmyne Jenney at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Airmyne Jenney

The love and support of family and friends helped generous spirit, Airmyne Jenney, get through a life-changing injury.