Kiplin Hall gets £42½k grant from Heritage Lottery Fund for War Project
Kiplin Hall has been been awarded a £42,500 grant towards a project it’s mounting on The Yorkshire Country House in Time of War by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project is a collaborative undertaking with a number of other prominent country houses in the county and begins this autumn and will carry on for another two years – when it will mark the centenary of the August 1914 start of the First World War.
In all there are eight tremendous Yorkshire stately homes and country houses participating in the project and they include Kiplin Hall, Castle Howard, Newby Hall and Beningbrough Hall in North Yorkshire and Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire. Each property that’s involved in the project will be undertaking tasks such as conservation and reseach, and some will be holding public exhibitions linked to the other participating houses.
Kiplin Hall’s project will focus on two themes relating to the country house during wartime. The first of these concerns the people who were affected by any of the different wars from the 17th century to the 20th – the owners of the Hall and their families, those who worked on the estate or in the Hall, and members of the wider local community. The second theme looks at how the Estate and the local community were affected during the Second World War, after the Estate had been requisitioned by the Army in 1940 and then by the RAF in 1942. After the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk the 1st Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment was billeted at Kiplin Hall to assist in their recovery. When the RAF took over, the Estate was turned into a Munitions Unit to supply bombs to local airfields. RAF personnel were billeted in the grounds and surrounding area whilst the officers lived in apartments in the Hall.
The grant from the HLF will provide additional funding for the ongoing research through the documents at the Hall and at the County Record Office in Northallerton. This research will enable a fuller picture to be painted for visitors to the Hall and online via both Kiplin Hall and the other partners’ websites. The researchers won’t just be examining documents – they’ll also be interviewing some of the people who were evacuated as children to the area and veterans of the war who have links to the Hall and the surrounding airfields.
Some of the money will be channelled into a conservation project – to protect and maintain a kitchen and bathroom of one of the flats in the Hall which had been requisitioned all those years ago.
All in all, the project will serve to keep alive the memories of the people who served in WW2 at Kiplin Hall or the locality, and those connected with it at the time, and also to demonstrate the important role that many country houses played during the conflict.
Kiplin Hall’s Curator, Dawn Webster, is hoping that the project will jog the memory of locals and those who served nearby and would welcome hearing from anyone who has recollections of the period and any photos from the time which they could scan. Dawn says, “If anyone has a story to tell, please do get in touch with us.” All memorabilia and photos that are supplied to the Hall will be returned. If you can help, please give Dawn or the Administrator, Marcia McLuckie, a call on 01748 818 178 or 07740 927 608.
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