New discoveries await at a Northumberland estate as extra rooms are opened up to the public.
Preparations are under way at Wallington to open the West Wing to visitors for the first time later this month.
People will be able to tour its rooms and hear stories of the Trevelyan family who lived there, including tales about Sir Charles Trevelyan who was so passionate about his socialist beliefs that he gave his 13,500 acre estate to the National Trust in 1941.
The wing is being opened to the public following the death of the last surviving member of the Trevelyan family to live there, Florence Patricia Jennings, known as Patricia, the daughter of Sir Charles Phillip and Lady Molly Trevelyan.
Mrs Jennings died at the age of 98 in May 2013.
The wing will be open from late March to June, and visitors will be able to cast their vote on how it should be used in the future.
National Trust Head of Marketing and Supporter Development Joanna Royle said: “Every year we welcome over 1.7 million visitors to National Trust places in the North East, from tourists visiting for the first time to family members who enjoy events and activities at weekends and school holidays.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the experiences we offer our visitors and supporters to make their visit as enjoyable as possible.”
She also urged more people to support the trust through membership or volunteering at its sites.
“Our aim is for people who love the places we look after to continue to support us by visiting regularly, joining as members, or volunteering,” she said.
We’re constantly looking for ways to improve the experiences we offer our visitors and supporters to make their visit as enjoyable as possible.Joanna Royle National Trust Head of Marketing and Supporter Development
“It’s only through this type of support that we can exist as a charity.”
For more information about Wallington, near Cambo, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington or call 01670 773600.