25 Oct Poppies & POETrees
9th to 11th November 2018
Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, Renishaw Hall & Gardens will be featuring poetry displays for visitors to its award winning gardens; including a special exhibition from the unique setting of the garden’s Gothic Temple.
From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November, Renishaw Hall’s gardens will present poetry displays which explore the impact the Great War had on the ‘Sitwell Trio’ family members, including their own literary careers which rose during the post – WWI period.
The event will also look at how the poetry of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell was inspired by nature and the gardens at Renishaw, with visitors following a POETrees trail to guide them through the garden’s magnificent tree collection.
Christine Beevers, archivist at Renishaw Hall & Gardens and who is behind the poetry event, explains the relationship between the Sitwell family and World War One: “Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell’s experiences of the Great War had a tremendous emotional impact on their lives, with the loss of so many of their friends and particularly for Osbert Sitwell, who fought on the Western Front. Although the period of the First World War witnessed the end of a former way of life for the Trio, it also heralded the beginning of their literary careers and their future roles as leaders in the world of modern poetry”.
The exhibition within the garden’s Gothic Temple will feature a display of Osbert’s little known war poetry as well as the poems of the more famous war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen, and explores these writers’ links to the Sitwells.
“It is an opportunity to see the beautiful Italianate garden in its autumnal colours, whilst taking time to reflect on the end of the Great War and any personal connections this may have for visitors” Christine concludes.