Time Tests Faith - 50 years of the National Trust at Wallington

Visitors walking outside the house at Wallington

In 1968, the National Trust opened Wallington to visitors for the first time and 50 years later the Trust is marking this anniversary with 'Times Tests Faith', a programme of installations and activities inspired by the motto of the unconventional Trevelyan family - 'Time Tryeth Troth'.

The gift of this 13,500 acre estate was made back in 1941 on the understanding that Sir Charles Trevelyan and his family could continue to live here - this proved to be a challenging arrangement for both parties! Time Tests Faith reveals the intriguing stories behind Charles' decision and some key moments that shaped the handover of Wallington to the National Trust.

From May to November, visitors will have a unique opportunity to learn all about the nitty gritty negotiations and uncover the stories behind the unusual and perhaps controversial decision to 'gift' Wallington to the National Trust.

To make this year extra special, we'd like to hear your stories and memories of Wallington. Share your stories and memories on our Facebook page or on our Twitter account, using the hashtags #pastpresentfuture and/or #wallingtongift or simply talk to a member of staff when you visit.