AN EXHIBITION is shedding light on life on the Shugborough estate at the outbreak of World War One.
Before Britain joined the war on August 4, 1914, the estate’s staff was depleted by men joining the armed forces and women going to work in munitions factories.
Forced to innovate, the estate had to find new ways of getting things done with fewer people. This prompted the arrival of the latest hi tech domestic appliances of the day including a vacuum cleaner to help with the daily cleaning.
Some of the items used are on display until the end of October including a 1910 vacuum cleaner, a silk evening gown and a candlestick telephone. For more information visit www.shugborough.org.uk.