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Sir Thomas Dyke Acland 10th Baronet.

Would you give up your family home for your political beliefs?

The story of the gift 

This year, we're a little bit different. While vital conservation is underway to fix the leaky roof and make exterior and interior repairs to the house, we're telling one of Killerton's most captivating and interesting stories on the ground floor of the house - the story of the gift. 

In 1944, Sir Richard Acland's strong political beliefs led him to give up this family home and inheritance to the National Trust. Now, we need you more than ever to help us keep caring for this special gift.

Unwrap the story of the gift beneath the scaffolding in the house and learn about the history of Killerton through this new exhibition. If you've visited the house before, your approach will be a little bit different. Follow the hoarding of people to start your journey in the study.

Discover one of Killerton's most captivating stories inside the house.
Discover one of Killerton's most captivating stories inside the house.
Discover one of Killerton's most captivating stories inside the house.

Building a dynasty 

Starting your journey in the study, you will come face-to-face with the grand portrait of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland 10th Baronet, whose size reflects his standing as an influential political figure. 

Learn the story of the Acland family and the evolution of this vast 6,400 acre estate through the portraits, source material and by speaking to our friendly volunteers. 

Creation of a landscape

The inside and outside are married together in the drawing room. Discover the story of the Acland's two large estates, Killerton and Holnicote, and how the sweeping landscape of Killerton became the centre of family life. Find out about the plans for a grander house on the hill that was never realised.

Discover the story of the creation of a landscape at Killerton.
Discover the story of the creation of a landscape at Killerton.
Discover the story of the creation of a landscape at Killerton.

From royalism to socialism 

The momentous decision to gift the estate and give up the family seat by ancestor Richard Acland is brought to life in the dining room. Suitcases, crates and the criticisms of ancestors add a sense of drama. 

Feel the tension in Killerton's dining room.
Feel the tension in Killerton's dining room.
Feel the tension in Killerton's dining room.

What would you do?

We want to know if you agree with Richard's decision, and what you'd do. Don't forget to fill in a luggage tag and pin it to the oak leaf on your way out when you visit.

Would you give up your family home for your political beliefs?
Would you give up your family home for your political beliefs?
Would you give up your family home for your political beliefs?

 

The fashion exhibition returns in 2018

The fashion exhibition is taking a break until 2018 while the first floor where it's usually displayed is closed off to fix the roof. You can still get your fashion fix online and find out what the team are up to behind the scenes here.