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‘Pearls before Poppies’ guest author talk – 27th September

27th September, 2018, 11:30 am - 5:00 pm £8.00 – £29.50

Guest Author, Rachel Trethewey’s talk on 1918’s Red Cross Pearls appeal which inspired her book ‘Pearls before Poppies’.

 Thursday 27th September from 11:30am

Plus exhibition tours with Bowood’s curator Dr Cathryn Spence. 

‘Pearls Before Poppies: The Story of the Red Cross Pearls’ at Bowood has a particularly personal flavour as Bowood and the widowed daughter-in-law of the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne are mentioned in the book.

‘Pearls Before Poppies’ touches on the stories behind the 1918 British Red Cross Appeal that sought the donation of single pearls. Each pearl represented a life forever changed by the war. Necklaces were made from the individual pearls and auctioned for the Red Cross at Christie’s at the end of that year. Women from across the world and every strata of society lent their support and donated their precious treasures. Nearly 4,000 pearls were arranged into 41 necklaces and the 1918 appeal raised some £100,000 for the war effort – the equivalent of roughly £5 million today.

£29.50 per person which includes coffee/tea and pastries served on arrival, a two-course lunch and free admission to Bowood House & Gardens.

There will be a ‘Pearls Before Poppies’ book sale (not included in ticket price) and signing session at the end of the talk.

Places must be reserved in advance by e-mailing houseandgardens@bowood.org or calling 01249 810 961 or can also be purchased online (see below).

Afternoon exhibition tours of ‘A Patriotic Peace’, with Bowood’s curator Dr. Cathryn Spence are also available, marking the centenary of the end of World War 1. Having curated ‘A Patriotic Peace’, Dr. Cathryn Spence will provide added insight around the exhibition.

The tour will last 30 minutes, at an additional cost of £8 per person – must be pre-booked in advance (in groups of up to 10 people). Tickets for this can be purchased online or by calling 01249 810 961.





27th September, 2018
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
£8.00 – £29.50


Bowood House & Gardens
01249 812102