I Dare, I Dream, I Do

Ida Copeland and other female MPs at Westminster 1931

One hundred years ago, some women secured vote. In light of this, the National Trust is running a year-long programme, called Women and Power, which celebrates the lives and work of some remarkable women who lived in our special places.

At Trelissick we are telling the story of Ida Copeland MP whose social activism and philanthropy in the early-mid 20th Century made her one of the most remarkable owners of the estate. Trelissick house is hosting a trio of exhibitions in 2018 displaying the creative work of a variety of artists and craftspeople to interpret the story of Ida Copeland as researched by staff and volunteers here. See below for dates and themes of each exhibition. 

Keith Sparrow sits next to his illustrations which are on display in the I Dare exhibition at Trelissick

Previously showing: 'I Dare'

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women securing the vote, 'I Dare' told the story of how, in 1931, the 'straightforward and modest' Ida Copeland defeated fascist Oswald Mosley to become MP for Stoke-on-Trent. A passionate believer in democracy, Ida wanted everyone to take part urging “every man and woman… to exercise their great privilege of voting”. The exhibition showcased illustrations by artist Keith Sparrow depicting Ida’s political campaign and career which was heavily focused on protecting worker’s rights and the security of British industry. 

Ida Copeland dressed in her Girl Guiding attire c1920

Previously showing: 'I Dream'

Ida Copeland joined the Girl Guides in 1911, one year after the movement first began. In this show, artist and photographer, Ilene Sterns celebrated Ida’s life-long commitment to girl guiding with portraits of Guides through the ages and interactive displays for you to try your hand at earning 1911 girl guide badges.

Trelissick house catches the evening light

Now showing: 'I Do'

Ida Copeland was a committed philanthropist who would go out of her way to help others. We are celebrating Ida’s kindness by telling the story of how, when World War Two ended, Ida helped Julian Kulski, a Polish resistance fighter and former prisoner of war. Suffering from malnutrition and PTSD, Julian was invited by Ida to live at Trelissick in order to recover. Julian vividly remembers the comfort of his bedroom so we have specially commissioned a patchwork quilt that represents the stitching together of a broken man. View the quilt and listen to Julian’s story. Showing from Sunday 16 September to Sunday 18 October


We look forward to welcoming you to Trelissick to view these exhibitions. Normal admission charges apply. Free to members of the National Trust.