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WWI exhibition at Woburn

Date Posted: 26/03/2014

Marking the centenary of The Great War, a new exhibition at Woburn Abbey, Valiant Hearts, will demonstrate the roles played by the 11th Duke and Duchess, the abbey and the people from the estate and surrounding villages during the conflict.

Valiant Hearts: World War I – Woburn and its Stories, opening on the 11th April, will present a number of different narratives, giving visitors an insight into what life was like for people connected to the Woburn Estate during World War One.

School groups visiting the exhibition will be able to explore a recreation of the training garrison established and paid for by the 11th Duke, and read some of the poignant letters from commanding officers that meant His Grace was able to follow the progress of each of these local soldiers throughout the war.

The exhibition will also explain how the 11th Duchess converted parts of Woburn Abbey in order to create one of the most advanced hospitals of the time.

School trip organisers can discover how she, and hundreds of other women, put their nursing training to good use in treating wounded soldiers returning from the front.

Valiant Hearts has taken its name from a hymn inscribed on a war memorial in the nearby town of Ampthill, which is dedicated to all the soldiers who were trained at the Duke’s garrison and who subsequently lost their lives during the war.

Valiant Hearts runs until the 28th September.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide