End of an Era
01 March 2019 - 20 October 2019
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End of and Era has been curated by Lotherton volunteers and looks at the last members of the Gascoigne family who gave Lotherton to the city of Leeds. A selection of letters written by Lotherton’s last private owner, Sir Alvary Gascoigne, during his diplomatic career are on display. They include a letter describing a private meeting Sir Alvary had with Winston Churchill in 1943.
On the 6th August 1944 Douglas Wilder Gascoigne, Sir Alvary’s son and heir, died fighting in Normandy. Exactly twenty-five years later, on the 6th August 1969 Lotherton opened to the public as a museum. The history of Douglas’s career and the eyewitness account of his death will be told through films and oral history, together with a display of personal family objects.
This display is free with normal admission into Lotherton, and is one of three exhibitions celebrating Lotherton’s 50th anniversary as a museum. Admission now available – Buy Tickets