Remembering Charlecote's First World War experience
Throughout the year Charlecote is commemorating the First World War, its impact on the Lucy family and its effect on the wider estate.
The Lucy family have kindly shared their personal collection of documents and photographs with us to enable us to tell this story.
Collect a leaflet on your way in to follow our commemorative trail.
The Lucy family contribution
Having looked at the experiences of the men of the family earlier this year, our focus until 16 September is on the Lucy ladies who volunteered in the Red Cross and nursed in Coventry.
From 22 September until the end of the year we’ll look at the local consequences of the First World War and its impact on Charlecote and its wider estate.
Close to home
The carriage room will be the focus of our own War Horse story, and you can find out more about Sir Henry’s distress as his own favourite horse left for France.
Wartime recipes come to the Victorian kitchen and scullery where you'll find out more about rationing for soldiers and civilians.
In the billiard room we’re looking at the contribution of the man who was to become Brian’s father-in-law. He was the renowned author of The Thirty Nine Steps, John Buchan, and his secret propaganda work for the war was “the toughest job I ever took on”.
The aftermath of war
Throughout the year we’ll invite visitors to contribute their own memories of family members who were involved in the 1914-18 conflict. We’d love to hear stories from further afield too, maybe recollections of descendants of the Belgian refugees who came to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon in 1914.
Take a look at our memories book in the scullery and make your own contribution.
Take a look in the tea garden where we have a display of poppies created for us and kindly donated by the students of WMG Engineering Academy. A poignant reminder of the fallen throughout the First World War.