August exhibition at Peckover House in Wisbech will explore history of the Quakers

Peckover House.

Peckover House. - Credit: Archant

The Quakers is the focus of this summer’s exhibition at Peckover House, in Wisbech.

Final preparations are under way at the National Trust owned house, in North Brink, ready for opening tomorrow (Saturday).

House manager Ben Rickett said: “The Quakers’ stance as conscientious objectors during wartime is well documented, but less well known is the valuable and selfless work they have carried out to help the victims of war and other catastrophes.”

Following recent VE Day and First World War commemorations, this exhibition continues the war theme but also explains how the work of the ‘Friends’, as Quakers are often known, goes on, bringing relief to war-torn areas, or to any region where aid or repatriation is needed.

The exhibition, which has been put together by Jenny Carson from the humanitarian response unit at Manchester University, will show all aspects of their work – from Ireland’s ‘great hunger’ in the 1840s, to Vietnam in the 1970s.

There will also be an exhibit from Leighton School in Berkshire, a Quaker school who have their own story to tell about the impact of wartime on students and staff.

There is no extra admission charge for the exhibition, which runs throughout August, from noon to last admission at 4pm.

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For further information contact Peckover House on 01945 583463.

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