Exhibition on how Luton Hoo survived World War One
PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 December 2018
There will be talks, displays and a tour on how Luton Hoo survived the aftermath of World War One.
The exhibitions will take place on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 and will show how the estate managed to see through the aftermath, when other estates struggled to.
During the war, country estates provided manpower and skills for the armed forces and food for the nation, but at a cost.
Owners and their heirs were killed, skilled workers were lost, taxes and death duties increased dramatically and many estates struggled to survive.
The exhibitions will cover the agricultural depression at the end of the 19th century and its effect upon Luton Hoo; the contribution of the Wernher family to the war effort; estate employees who went to fight; the Women’s Land Army; and how Luton Hoo and other estates changed after WW1.