After three months closure for deep cleaning of museum exhibits, Lydiard House reopens on Saturday with an exhibition which tells the story of the people that went away to fight and the people who stayed behind during World War I and World War II.
It also focusses on the impact of the major social upheavals on the St John family and the wider Lydiard estate which eventually led to Lydiard House and Park coming into the ownership of Swindon Council in 1944.
The exhibition also tells the story of Vernon Henry St John, 6th Viscount Bolingbroke, who served with the 3rd Devonshires, who is believed to be the only peer of the realm to serve as a private in the British Army during the World War I. Vernon was discharged suffering from shell shock.
Picture of Viscount Vernon taken in 1917, from the Lydiard House archives, used with permission.
Great War Britain – Remembering Swindon 1914-18 by Mike Pringle is available through The History Press. See details
Celebrating over 60 years since Lydiard House opened to the public. Its story told through 10 historic objects
Lydiard House opening times: Open Wednesday to Sunday – 11am to 4pm. Closed Monday – Closed (except bank holidays) and Tuesday
Enjoy a special “Kids for a Quid” offer for the Easter holidays from Friday 25 March to Sunday 10 April. Click for details
Click for details of the Lydiard Park 2016 events programme which kicks off on Saturday 26 March with Signs of Spring and on Sunday 27 March The Great Lydiard Park Easter Egg Trail