The Pamela Ward collection

Pamela Ward (1908 -1994) by Philip Callon Humphreys (Chorlton 1905 -Wansdworth 1986)

In 1994, Miss Pamela Ward donated her collection of ‘little things she liked’ to the National Trust. Born in 1908, Miss Ward spent her early years in India where her father was stationed as a Colonel in the army. As a teenager, she travelled throughout Europe and finally settled in London where she opened an antiques shop in Knightsbridge.

The collection at Llanerchaeron

The collection contains some of Miss Ward’s own personal items as well as a vast array of stock from her shop.  Miss Ward had a strong eye for design and style - the 5000 objects range from jewellery to children’s games.

What do you do when you have a large collection that has no connection to the property it is held at? How do we choose what goes on display and what doesn’t?

With such a large amount of objects, it’s impossible to display them all at once. In the past, Llanerchaeron staff members have rotated the displays, but in 2014 we took a new approach to choosing what we put out on display. 

Cabinets of curiosity

We decided to get the public to choose what we display in the cabinets in the Pamela Ward rooms at Llanerchaeron.  Using social media, our online community have become the curators of this collection and are helping us to build displays that engage and explain more to visitors.

From November, look out for photo albums on Llanerchaeron’s Facebook page, displaying treasures that focus on various themes. We want to know what you’d like to see included and why. Three of the cabinets will be voted on in this way and will have their displays changed while the house is closed over the winter - these will be unveiled to visitors in March 2016.