Exhibitions and Special Collections
Kiplin Hall in Times of War Duty Calls,
From Civil War to Second World War
During the First World War Kiplin’s last owner, Miss Bridget Talbot, served with the Red Cross on the Italian Front.
Her younger brother, Geoffrey, died as a pilot with the Royal Naval Air Service.
MissTalbot recalled of the Second World War: “After Dunkirk a regiment was given a rendezvous at the house; all day and all night straggling and exhausted men arrived… It was a sight never to be forgotten with the hot sun streaming in at the windows on to the pictures, old furniture, the walls of books and the floor a silent carpet of prostrate khaki figures.”
Many of Kiplin’s owners, other family members and local communities have been touched by wars since the Hall was built, from the English Civil War of the 17th century to the Second World War when an RAF Maintenance Unit requisitioned the estate, supplying bombs to local airfields.
An exhibition, trails and events recount 300 years of Kiplin Hall in times of war.
Open Sunday - Wednesday, 2 - 5pm from 6 April - 29 October and runs throughout the season in 2014.
Admission: Included in entry to the Hall and Gardens
Adult £8, Concession £7, Child £4, Family (2 + 3) £23
The Kiplin Hall Duty Calls exhibition is part of a trail of exhibitions and events being held by 9 houses in the Yorkshire Country House Partnership. Beningbrough Hall and Newby Hall are two of the other particpating houses.
In addition to our general collection of material relating to the history of Kiplin and its use as a family home for four centuries, we have some special collections relating to particular periods in the house's history or the interests of some of the people who lived in it.
The collections which we currently highlight include those relating the the Arts and Crafts Movement, a special interest of Mrs Beatrice Carpenter and material linked to G.F. Watts, amongst whose close female friends and supporters were the beautiful Ladies Pembroke, Brownlow and Lothian, sisters of Walter Cecil Talbot, owner of Kiplin Hall from 1868 - 1904.