Moving in: Lady Molly makes a house a home
Find out what it felt like to be at Wallington in 1928 when the Trevelyan family moved into the house. Charles Philip Trevelyan was 61 when he inherited the Wallington estate from Sir George Otto Trevelyan in 1928. Sir George, died aged 90 leaving the house badly neglected and the whole estate run down.
Sir Charles his wife Molly along with their six children, aged between 8 and 22, embraced the idea of bringing the house and gardens back to life. Grand plans are made to install bathrooms, electric lighting (not just for the house, but for the whole estate) and all the bedrooms are to be named. Due to all the work that needs to be done, it’s 1929 before the family can entertain guests in the 43 room house.
" I always had a feeling that the old house was awaiting a time of re-awakening after many years of somnolence… It was a great delight to us both to feel the life coming back to the old house with the ring of children’s voices, and the scamper of feet down the long passages."
Northumberland based performing arts company, November Club, have worked closely with National Trust to bring the Moving In story to life through a series of installations and soundscapes which recreate how it might have felt to be there in 1928. The story shows how the Trevelyans woke up the house (with a very loud shout in the Central Hall) and turned an uninviting house into their family home.
A visit to the house between May and October will give a glimpse into the lives of this eccentric family and a sense of how they lived at Wallington. Discover how Lady Molly organised removals, drew up plans, allocated bedrooms and accommodated their six lively children.