Elvaston Communities Group

Elvaston Communities Group with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and support from the Derbyshire Lives Through the First World War Project, researched and devised the exhibition ‘Conflict & The Countryside – The Impact of World War I on the Elvaston Estate & It’s Local Communities’. The aim was to reflect the changes brought about by the conflict to this typical country estate. As well as the inhabitants of the Elvaston Castle estate, it also featured the surrounding communities of Elvaston, Ambaston, Thulston & Boulton Moor.

Although local soldiers involved were identified, in particular the exhibition followed the life & times of one local Elvaston lad Charley Garrett. To help illustrate his life and war, a series of paintings were commissioned by local artist Di Sheppherd.

The exhibition opened on 16 August 2015 with a service in the church which was attended by Lord and Lady Harrington and Viscount Petersham. The ceremony included readings, speeches, University of Derby actors as Charley and Alice Garrett, the playing of the Last Post and then Reveille. A flypast by two aeroplanes was a fitting end to the opening ceremony.

The exhibition was open to the public for seven days with a series of events running throughout the week.