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Dunham to stage First World War literary event
DUNHAM Massey Hall, where hundreds of wounded soldiers were treated in the First World War, has organised a three day literary event to mark the centenary of its outbreak.
High profile-speakers including former BBC reporter Kate Adie, OBE, will visit Trafford for the event, which also includes a reading of war poetry by Royal Shakespeare Company actors Julian Glover and his wife, Isla Blair.
There will also be a talk on Altrincham-born Sir Basil Clarke. He was employed by the War Office to ‘spin’ the war and is regarded as the father of the modern public relations industry.
His career will be examined by Richard Evans, the writer responsible for producing the first ever biography on Sir Basil, whose career also included working as a sub-editor on the old Manchester Guardian.
The event is called Uncovered and Katie Taylor, Dunham’s house and collections manager said: “The Great War was an event that changed the future of this country and Europe forever.
“Uncovered will offer the opportunity to explore some of the many arenas that were affected as a direct result of the conflict and how its influences still resonate in our society today.”
Dunham Massey Hall became Stamford Military Hospital between 1917 and 1919 and is currently staging an exhibition to remember the role the house played in the war effort.
The exhibition, Sanctuary from the Trenches - A Country House At War runs until 2016.
* Uncovered runs from June 7-9. Anyone interested in finding out more should visit nationaltrust.org.uk/dunhammassey.
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