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A National Trust scheme called Moments and Memories is giving the abbey a new lease of life, bringing contemporary displays while also telling tales of years gone by.

The story of Lacock Abbey is told through the words of Matilda Talbot, the last owner of the abbey, who donated it to the National Trust in 1944. Her book, My Life And Lacock Abbey, not only captures her own memories and experiences here, but creates an impression of how her ancestors might have lived during their residencies.

Fox Talbot is heavily represented in this National Trust project. There are also many interactive elements for visitors, including jigsaws, games and Victorian animation with Zoetropes and a piano.

The full news report can be found here.


Photo: Abbey visitor experience officer Rachel Holtom with the zoetrope used by the Talbots. Copyright Wiltshire Times.

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