Blenheim Palace opens with WWI exhibition

Date Posted: 13/02/2014

To commemorate the First World War centenary year, Blenheim Palace is opening with a World War One exhibition A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air exploring the stories behind the family members and workers on the Blenheim Estate.

The exhibition will be held in the Gallery Room in the Stables Courtyard, along with tasters in the Palace, from 15th February to 21st April.

Your school’s visit to Blenheim Palace will take pupils back to a time fraught with conflict and hear stories of bravery from the front line, and how morale was kept high in times of darkness.

Students will be able to read accounts of the ‘flying cousins’, relations of the Marlborough family who served in the Royal Flying Corps in France, flying over the trenches and behind enemy lines. Oscar Guest, cousin to the 9th Duke, flew on many reconnaissance and combat missions. Extracts from his diary will be on show for the first time.

The exhibition will also include a snapshot of Winston Churchill’s service in the front line and show how the ladies of Blenheim made a remarkable contribution to the war effort.

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