New Quaker display at Wisbech museum

One of the exhibits for the forthcoming exhibition at Peckover House

One of the exhibits for the forthcoming exhibition at Peckover House

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August is traditionally the month for exhibitions at the National Trust’s Peckover House, with a different aspect of the house’s history being explored each year.

This August, it’s the turn of the Quakers and the history of Quaker service, and preparations are under way at Peckover to open the exhibition Saturday.

“The Quakers’ stance as conscientious objectors during wartime is well documented,” said House manager Ben Rickett, “but less well-known is the valuable and selfless work they have carried out to help the victims of war and other catastrophes.”

Following the recent VE Day and First World War commemorations, this exhibition continues the war theme, but also explains how the work of the ‘Friends’, as Quakers are often known, goes on, bringing relief to war-torn areas, or to any region where aid or repatriation is needed.

The exhibition, which has been put together by Jenny Carson from the Humanitarian Response Unit at Manchester University, will show all aspects of their work; from Ireland’s ‘Great Hunger’ in the 1840s, to Vietnam in the 1970s.

There will also be an exhibit from Leighton School in Berkshire, a Quaker school which has its own story to tell about the impact of wartime on students and staff.

There is no extra admission charge for the exhibition, which runs throughout August, from noon to last admission at 4pm.

Peckover House, in North Brink, Wisbech, is a classic Georgian merchant’s house and was the home of the Peckover family for many years.

If you would like more information on the exhbition contact staff on 01945 583463 or go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/peckover-house/