VALIANT HEARTS AT WOBURN ABBEY

A new exhibition at Woburn Abbey marks the centenary of The Great War, and demonstrates the roles played by the 11th Duke and Duchess, the Abbey itself and the people from the surrounding villages during the conflict. 'Valiant Hearts -World War 1 – Woburn and its Stories' will show visitors what life was really like for people in the area during wartime – a recreation of the training garrison will be available to explore, and poignant letters from commanding officers can be read. Duchess Mary in her Nurses Uniform These notes enabled His Grace to follow the progress of local soldiers during the war. The Duchess, above,  famously converted parts of the Abbey and created one of the most advanced hospitals of the time, which treated wounded soldiers returning from the front. The hospital opened in 1914, and closed on March 31, 1920, during which time 2.453 serving soldiers had used the facilities. Valiant Hearts – the name is taken from a hymn inscribed on a war memorial in the nearby town of Ampthill – will remain open to the public until September 28, 2014.   Patients Outside The Sculpture Gallery   For more details on the exhibition visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk/ValiantHearts