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HumanKind - Stories of loneliness and isolation at Calke Abbey

04/03/2019

For more than thirty years, the story of Calke Abbey and its significance has been built around the story of a reclusive and socially-isolated family who guarded the Estate from modern life and lived eccentric, disconnected lives. Today, as awareness grows of the enormous challenges posed by loneliness and the harmful impact of social isolation on more and more lives, the National Trust are looking afresh at Calke's past, reassessing the stories told about this place and exploring their potential to foster more, and more meaningful, contemporary human connections.

HumanKind is a research-led collaboration between the National Trust and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester.

You can read more about the project here: www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/rcmg/projects/isolationandloneliness

The Guardian newspaper has also run a good article on the project: www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/01/start-talking-national-trust-initiative-tackles-issue-of-loneliness

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