What are these items?

They are a collection of black and white photographs that are shown in several Victorian and Edwardian photograph albums. The albums belonged to Mary Katharine Trevelyan (1881-1966). She was also known as ‘Molly’ to her husband, Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan (1870-1958).

What do the photographs show?

There are 39 Trevelyan photograph albums in total and they are arranged kind of like scrapbooks, with photographs of the Trevelyan family and friends, newspaper cuttings as well as cut outs and invitations to different events.

There are lots of photos in the Trevelyan family albums from the Victorian and Edwardian period of the children enjoying different types of entertainment. The photographs shown here are of the Trevelyan children having fun in. The children can be seen playing on a seesaw, playing with a toy train, pushing a pram, dressing up and holding a hoop and stick ready to play a game called ‘Hoop Rolling’. Hoop rolling was where a large hoop is rolled along the ground often guided by a metal hook to keep it rolling. The aim of the game was to keep it upright for as long as possible.

Who were the Trevelyans?

The Trevelyan family were a rich, important family who lived at Wallington Hall (a large country house) in Northumberland during the 19th (1800s) and early 20th (1900s) centuries. They played an important role in politics, culture and education.

Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan was a politician and a wealthy landowner. He donated Wallington Hall to the National Trust in 1942, which is now open to the public.

Molly Trevelyan was the wife of Charles Trevelyan. She was a political hostess (someone who regularly hosts parties that are mostly attended by politicians) and a voluntary worker. She was the half sister to Gertrude Bell, who was an English writer, traveller, political officer and explorer.

Charles and Molly had six children; Kitty, Geoffrey, Patricia, Marjorie, Pauline and George.Trevelyan children pushing a pram and playing on a seesaw

Who were the Victorians and Edwardians?

The Victorian period is named after Queen Victoria who was Britain’s queen from 1837-1901. After Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, her son Edward VII (7th) became King. Edward was King until his death in 1910. The Edwardian period is named after Edward VII.

When were these photographs taken?

These photographs were taken during the Victorian and Edwardian periods, which were periods during the 19th (1800s) and 20th (1900s) centuries.


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More about the Trevelyans…

What role did the Trevelyan family play during World War One? To find out more about the role that Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan played during World War One, click here.

Photograph of Charles and Molly Trevelyan

To find out more about Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan’s father, who was called George Otto Trevelyan, click here.

Photograph of Sir Otto George Trevelyan

Interested in taking a look at a page from Sir Walter Caverley Trevelyan’s diary? Click here.

Page from Sir Walter Caverley Trevelyan's Diary

Victorians and Edwardians

Interested in having a look at a Victorian scrapbook? Take a look through the ‘our Wallington‘ project.

The Trevelyan family lived during the Victorian and Edwardian period in England. Want to find out more about what the Trevelyan children did for entertainment? Click here.

Photograph of Queen Victoria

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Molly Trevelyan the half sister to Gertrude Bell, who was an English writer, traveller, political officer and explorer. Are you interested in finding out more about Gertrude Bell? Take at look at this Gertrude Bell Photograph, held in Newcastle University’s Special Collections.

Also, are you interested in having a look at another type of scrapbook? Take a look at this Victorian Autograph Book, held in Newcastle University’s Special Collections.