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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the team at Britain at War Magazine have produced a 132 page highly illustrated special edition.
There had never been such an outpouring of national pride, of unqualified patriotism. Every level of society embraced the cause and offered up its sons and husbands. That cause was war. Germany had to be stopped.
Few could ever have imagined the consequences of the decision to declare war on Germany. A great clash of armies was expected with one conclusive battle to decide the fate of Europe; no-one anticipated four years of global warfare that would cost the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians. It changed the world forever.
Stanley Spencer’s poignant memories of war, which have drawn such praise as 'Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel’, are leaving their permanent home at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel to be exhibited in a one-off, temporary exhibition at Somerset House this autumn. This exhibition marks the National Trust’s first major art exhibition in London for 18 years.
Leading up to the 100th commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War, the exhibition: Stanley Spencer: ‘Heaven in a Hell of War’, will feature a series of large scale canvas panels from one of the most original and acclaimed British painters of the 20th century . The exhibition then tours to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex from 15 February until June 2014.
Today, their future is secure. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced a confirmed grant of £7.75 million to the National Trust at Knole as part of a massive five-year project to repair and conserve this former Archbishop’s palace and share its heritage with visitors.
The funding will also help Knole to work more closely with the local community and to expand the range of volunteering opportunities it can offer.
Britain’s cotton industry heritage is the focus of a new £1.4 million fundraising appeal to complete the restoration of an entire industrial landscape, and bring its stories to life for thousands of visitors. Cared for by the National Trust, Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire was, from the 1780s to the 1920s, at the heart of cotton production in the region and is the most complete survival of an industrial revolution community. It marks a period of British history of immense change and prosperity, but also grinding poverty – and its restoration will enable these stories to be shared with thousands of schoolchildren, families and other visitors.