Sir George Trevelyan: Attingham Park

4. The Sixties

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Attingham Park in spring
Attingham in the cold winter of 1962
Young People's course, late 1960s
Bruce MacManaway course, late 1960s
Sir George's vision was that adult education held the key to humanity equipping itself with the necessary qualities to enable people to change their relationships, both personal and international, to change the environment... to bring about a new era.
Pir Vilayat Khan with Sir George
Lecturing at the Young People's course
Sir George lecturing
Sir George, Sir Victor , R Ogilvie Crombie and Peter Caddy
The Teilhard de Chardin course
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Through the 60s he was seeing ever more clearly that people must change their thinking, which should lead to an evolution in consciousness. He expected that the years around the turn of the century would be a time of crisis which should become a time of challenge and opportunity.
With Reshad Field, Ruth Bell and a certain Michael
With Bernard Nesfield-Cookson

Young People's course, 1970
His teaching is therefore particularly relevant in the present world situation. He would see current tragedies as a wake-up-call, an opportunity to change our ideas and attitudes and our behaviour, to realise that we are all part of one global community.
With the Allegri Music Quartet, mid-1960s
Sir George in his office
One of hundreds of weekend courses in the 1960s
At the last Young People's course at Attingham
With the Attingham admin staff, mid-1960s

George Trevelyan's great quality as a host was one of the many attributes that made him such a success with Attingham. His background and disposition fitted him superbly as the hospitable master of the house, concerned with the comfort and amusement of all his guests. Roger Orgill recalls the amazement on the faces of new students, walking from the bus stop up the long drive with their suitcases and overnight bags, at being greeted on the steps of the house by members of the household staff, and, once inside, by this charming aristocrat so obviously in his own setting. The actor in George Trevelyan also enjoyed putting on a more or less constant play. Another description might be orchestral conductor. He liked to be in charge, he liked to give the beat, he liked to have all sections of the household orchestra following his baton. Roger Orgill says that Attingham "became a spiritual home to many" and, perhaps surprisingly, "it was a long time before George saw that was happening."

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