A new exhibition inspired by the High Peak’s role in the BBC drama series The Village will open at Lyme Park this weekend.
This year’s winter exhibition at the stately home has a 1920s theme, and follows on from Lyme’s starring role as ‘The Big House’ in the second series of the BAFTA-nominated show.
Private cine films, taken in the 1920s and early 1930s, belonging to the Legh family of Lyme Park, will be shown in public for the first time as part of the exhibition, which will be opened by the Honourable David Legh, younger brother of the present Lord Newton of Lyme.
Caroline Heap, Lyme’s Visitor Experience Manager, said: “The Village captured some of the huge change and upheaval in society during the 1920s following the Great War. It’s the story of a small rural village and it’s Big House grappling with political changes, such as the establishment of the right to vote for women and the rise of the Labour Party.
“It’s a time of great technological advances: radio becomes the first mass broadcasting medium and Baird is bringing television to life; the rapid rise in industrial growth sees the creation of hundreds of new factories, whilst new entertainment in the form of blues and jazz sweeps in from America and silent movies give way to talkies.
“Our winter exhibition ‘Take a trip to the Roaring Twenties’ captures some of the flavour of this turbulent but exciting era. The Legh family’s cine films were taken when Lyme Park was still a family home - as had been the case for over 500 years.
“This stability and continuity defies the swirling changes that were taking place in British society in the 20s and which were captured by the 2nd Lord Newton in his albums of press clippings, three of which will also be on display for the first time in the exhibition.”
Take a Trip to the Roaring Twenties showcases costumes from The Village and behind the scenes footage of filming together with vintage cars, a crystal set radio and gramophone, 1920s sports equipment, cameras, jewellery and fashion accessories.
A special 1920s event, such as learning to dance the Charleston or tips on throwing a 1920s party, will also take place during each weekend of the exhibition, which opens on November 1 and is then open weekends, 11am to 3pm until February 15, 2015. It is also open on December 26 and January 1 and 2. For more information, see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lymepark.