Find out what happened to Fulham Palace during the Great War in a new exhibition

24 October 2014 | Kate Clements

Fulham Palace’s new winter exhibition, ‘Fulham Palace Through the Great War’, opens on Sunday 26 October 2014.

It tells the story of the Great War at the Palace and the role of Bishop Winnington-Ingram, the Bishop of London, who lived at Fulham Palace. It also commemorates those connected with the household who died in the conflict.

Additionally, Fulham Palace has a programme of associated events running through to next year.

Fulham Palace’s links with the First World War include the role of Bishop Winnington-Ingram who, at the outbreak of war in 1914, was an enthusiastic ‘recruiting sergeant’. He also visited the Western Front in 1915.

The Fulham Palace meadow was taken over for allotments, for much-needed food production, and the Palace was turned into a war hospital.

It was occupied by the Freemasons War Hospital Number Two, run by the Red Cross, until 1919.

The exhibition uses Fulham Palace’s extensive archive of material covering the First World War from a range of aspects; from duty and religion to politics and the Palace’s residents during that period. Exhibits include material relating to Bishop Winnington-Ingram, such as the wooden board with the word “Fortitude” which he hung in one of the hospital wards.

The events running alongside the exhibition include: Reflections of the Great War on 14 November, with readings led by journalist Sophie Raworth; and the Role of the Post Office in the First World War on 23 February 2015 with Christ Taft, head of collections at the British Postal Museum and Archive.

‘Fulham Palace Through the Great War’ opens on Sunday 26 October 2014 and runs through to 16 April 2015.