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A wartime exhibition at Castle Howard

Date Posted: 05/03/2013

War-time exhibition, Duty Calls: Castle Howard in Time of War, focuses on Castle Howard’s time during past conflicts, and will run at the historic venue from 25th May to December 2014.

From Waterloo to World War Two, schools visiting the exhibition will be able to learn about Castle Howard during these times of war.

The history of the exhibition

While generations of Howard sons went to fight overseas the impact of war was often more powerfully felt at home. 

Between 1815 and 1944, five Howards were killed in action and for the family, war was a time of anxiety as well as bereavement. This was an experience shared with staff and tenants, many of whom are commemorated on war memorials in nearby estate villages.

Belgian refugees, enemy prisoners, evacuees, fire, crashed aircraft, and horses commandeered for the front meant that the impact of war was never far away from Castle Howard.

About the Treasure Houses of England

Castle Howard is one of the Treasure Houses of England.

The Treasure Houses of England are described as ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Other members are Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Chatsworth, Harewood, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey.

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