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.
Another side to Henry Harpur, known as the ‘Isolated Baronet’, is revealed through his playful schoolboy doodles.
The eldest son, George struggled when he was sent away to school, but eventually found the love and support he needed.
Winifred Harpur Crewe travelled the world, but when tragedy struck, it was Calke that she returned to.
The love and support of family and friends helped generous spirit, Airmyne Jenney, get through a life-changing injury.
Georgiana, Lady Crewe enjoyed loving relationships with her children, despite being despribed as ‘isolated’ based on a single diary entry.
Social stigma helped shape the lives of Calke’s Housekeeper, Harriet Phillips, and her illegitimate son, Samuel.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Henry Harpur, 'The Isolated Baronet', Calke Abbey explores stories of loneliness and isolation, kindness and compassion, past and present.
As you explore Calke Abbey this year, look out for stories of isolation and loneliness, and be inspired by small acts of kindness.
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