22nd March 2013 – 31st December 2014
Duty Calls is one of a series organised at historic houses throughout the region in association with the Yorkshire Country House Partnership.
The exhibition consists of a series of displays in the period rooms of the house. The display looks at the theme of Family Duty and Honour and tells the story of members of the Gascoigne family of Lotherton and the wars that touched their lives, from the American War of Independence to the Second World War.
Did you know that Florence Nightingale, the ‘Lady of the Lamp’, was related by marriage to the Gascoigne family? A writing desk which is believed to have belonged to her will be on view downstairs at the Hall throughout the exhibition.
The Yorkshire Hussars were a volunteer regiment during the war and the squire of Lotherton, Richard Frederick Thomas Trench-Gascoigne DSO was their Honorary Colonel. A portrait by Herman Gustav Herkomer will be on display showing him resplendent in his colonel’s uniform along with the actual uniform of an earlier colonel of the regiment, the Earl of Scarborough.
Sir Thomas Gascoigne of Parlington Hall was a keen advocate of American independence and when the colonists defeated the British army, he erected a triumphal arch in the grounds of his house to celebrate their success. An original drawing by the architect shows the design in progress.
Unknown to some, Lotherton Hall was a military hospital during the First World War. Mrs Gascoigne, the Lady of the House, was the Commandant with a matron and nurses working under her , a doctor on call and a chaplain paying regular visits. Upstairs, Sir Alvary’s Room and the Rhodesia bedroom will be displayed in period hospital style with authentic equipment lent by the Thackray Museum in Leeds. A dolls’ house which was made by the troops as occupational therapy will be shown nearby.