Delving into Leeds estate’s war hospital past

Lucy Moore at Temple Newsam House
Lucy Moore at Temple Newsam House
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A Leeds historic house will open its doors to explore its past as a hospital for ill and injured soldiers during the First World War.

Visitors to Temple Newsam can find out more about the estate’s transformation from 1915 to 1917 when its south wing was used as a convalescent hospital.

A striking selection of photographers and items will be on display in the new exhibition call The Healing Home, which starts today.

Among the exhibits include a sentimental selection of postcards sent by a father to a daughter who he never met have been preserved by the family for 100 years.

Convalescent hospitals were used in the last stage of the recovery process for a wounded soldier recovering from an illness or medical treatment.

Other well-known buildings in Leeds were used in this way during the conflict including Gledhow Hall and Lotherton Hall.

There are two digital elements to the exhibition; a soundscape produced by Heritage Interactive and a film produced by Deadline Digital featuring the descendant of Cyrille Desager, who recuperated at the house.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “We are really looking forward to the opening of ‘The Healing Home’ exhibition, which will offer a fascinating insight into when Temple Newsam House was used as a convalescent hospital during the First World War.

“As part of the exhibition, visitors can find out more about the lives of both the patients and nurses in the hospital, and also take part in a diverse range of activities linked to the themes of ‘The Healing Home’.”