Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, historic home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years, hosts its final two talks to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Using original materials from the Sitwell’s private family archive and important literary and art collections, the talks – titled The Sitwells – living through the Great War- will reveal the private as well as the public stories of the involvement in and impact of the First World War on this fascinating family.
The talks will take place from within the impressive Red Dining Room at Renishaw Hall to a ticket-only audience, where Renishaw Hall’s archivist Christine Beevers will offer a unique and personal insight into the impact World War One had on Renishaw’s owners, the Sitwell family: Sir George Sitwell (4th Bt), his wife Lady Ida and their aspiring literary offspring Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell.
Current owner of Renishaw Hall and granddaughter and great niece of the Sitwell ‘Trio’, Alexandra Sitwell, says: “2014 marks a major year in the country’s history, and there will be accounts of the personal stories of individuals and their families from all across the UK and beyond who experienced the Great War. Through Christine’s hard work studying my family’s archives and all that’s been brought up from this period, I am sure that people will be fascinated to hear how this catastrophic campaign affected my own family, the Sitwells, capturing human emotions familiar to all at the time, and still very much felt today.”
This final chance to hear and see the influence of World War One on one of the early 20th century’s most influential families, takes place at Renishaw Hall on Sunday 7th and Wednesday 10th September