Trent Park House

Trent Park House Home of the Secret Listeners Trent Park House - Home of the Secret Listeners Our aim is to create a world-class visitor attraction to highlight the vital role played by the Secret Listeners who were behind some of the most important intelligence discoveries of World War Two.

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Today marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of #BergenBelsen. War crimes and atrocities were frequently discussed...
15/04/2021
German War Crimes & Atrocities — Trent Park House

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of #BergenBelsen.

War crimes and atrocities were frequently discussed among the German prisoners at Trent Park.

Dr Alex Henry explores some of the chilling aspects of German war crimes in his latest blog post 👇

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/german-war-crimes-atrocities

15 April 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by the British 11th Armoured Division. War crimes and atrocities were frequently discussed among the German prisoners at Trent Park.

As we move into spring and towards wisteria season, this week's #ThrowbackThursday focuses on the paintings done by Wins...
08/04/2021
Churchill at Trent Park — Trent Park House

As we move into spring and towards wisteria season, this week's #ThrowbackThursday focuses on the paintings done by Winston Churchill at Trent Park.

This week we are focusing on one of Trent Park's most famous visitors - Sir Winston Churchill.

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is to January 1918, when this snap of Field Marshal Haig and Sir Philip Sassoon in Haig's...
25/03/2021

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is to January 1918, when this snap of Field Marshal Haig and Sir Philip Sassoon in Haig's office, on board a train was taken. ⁠

Whilst Sir Philip was a wealthy landowner, he enlisted during the war, as a second lieutenant in the East Kent Yeomanry. He ended up working as a secretary and general fixer for Field Marshal Haig - something like a special adviser today. ⁠

Sir Philip was a fluent French speaker, which made him invaluable. He spent a lot of time liaising with French military command and the newspapers: the British media played a huge role in the war effort and information was tightly controlled by the government.

Spring is officially here! And don't forget to change your clocks next weekend for the start of British Summertime ⏰We l...
21/03/2021

Spring is officially here! And don't forget to change your clocks next weekend for the start of British Summertime ⏰

We love seeing your snaps of Trent Park - send them our way and we'll feature some of our favourites

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a grant from The Pilgrim Trust which will help suppo...
11/03/2021
Grant received from The Pilgrim Trust — Trent Park House

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a grant from The Pilgrim Trust which will help support the capital development project.

This could not come at a more opportune moment as building work will soon start on site, bringing the dream of the new museum at Trent Park closer to reality! 💫

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/grant-received-from-the-pilgrim-trust

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a grant from The Pilgrim Trust which will help support the capital development project.

An article about Trent Park House in the Enfield Dispatch 👀Join our mailing list to keep updated with new developments 👉...
10/03/2021
The secret is out

An article about Trent Park House in the Enfield Dispatch 👀

Join our mailing list to keep updated with new developments 👉 https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/mailing-list

Trent Park House trustees Lord Sassoon and Jason Charalambous with Professor Simon Thurley Sarah Roller from Trent Park Museum Trust provides an update on the project The transformation of the hist…

Sir Philip Sassoon was famously a bachelor - but his life was filled with remarkable women, both from his own family and...
08/03/2021
Sassoon Women & Trent Park — Trent Park House

Sir Philip Sassoon was famously a bachelor - but his life was filled with remarkable women, both from his own family and those he entertained and counted amongst his friends.

Take a look at our latest blog post below to learn more 👇

And don't miss our previous post on the vital role played by women in #TrentPark's secret #WW2 history!

Happy #internationalwomensday!

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/sassoon-women-trent-park

Sir Philip Sassoon was famously a bachelor - but his life was filled with remarkable women, both from his own family and those he entertained and counted amongst his friends.

March marks the start of #WomensHistoryMonth so we thought it would be only fitting to make this month’s blog post about...
02/03/2021
Women in Intelligence — Trent Park House

March marks the start of #WomensHistoryMonth so we thought it would be only fitting to make this month’s blog post about the vital contribution women made to the intelligence gathered at Trent Park during the Second World War 💃🏼

Look out for our newsletter next week where there will be plenty more content about the role of women in Trent Park’s history (join our mailing list via our website)!

The contribution that women made to the success of Trent Park in WW2 was vital.

As we further our understanding of Trent Park’s wartime operations, a fundamental question is: how many German and Itali...
17/02/2021
How Many Prisoners? — Trent Park House

As we further our understanding of Trent Park’s wartime operations, a fundamental question is: how many German and Italian prisoners of war passed through its doors? 🚪👀

Luckily for us, those in charge of #TrentPark were dedicated record-keepers! 📝

Read our latest history blog post to find out:

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/how-many-prisoners

As we further our understanding of Trent Park’s wartime operations, a fundamental question is: how many Axis prisoners of war passed through its doors?

It’s your last chance to join our mailing list before our first newsletter goes out! Keep up to date with the project as...
06/02/2021
Mailing List — Trent Park House

It’s your last chance to join our mailing list before our first newsletter goes out!

Keep up to date with the project as we share behind the scenes snaps, news and exclusive content every month.

Trent Park House - Home of the Secret Listeners.

Of all the intelligence gathered by the 'Secret Listeners' from German POWs at Trent Park in #WW2, little was more signi...
03/02/2021
German Superweapons — Trent Park House

Of all the intelligence gathered by the 'Secret Listeners' from German POWs at Trent Park in #WW2, little was more significant than insights into the development of the German – ‘miracle weapons’ or ‘superweapons’ – particularly the V-1 flying bomb and the V-2 ballistic missile, which would terrorise and kill thousands of Allied civilians in 1944-1945.

Read more in our latest history blog here 👇

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/german-superweapons

Of all the intelligence gathered from Axis POWs at Trent Park, Latimer House and Wilton Park, little was more significant than the light shed on the development of the German Wunderwaffe – ‘miracle weapons’ or ‘superweapons’ – particularly the V-1 flying bomb and the V-2 ballistic missil...

On #HolocaustMemorialDay, we remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other pe...
27/01/2021
Holocaust Memorial Day — Trent Park House

On #HolocaustMemorialDay, we remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under N**i Persecution and in genocides that followed.

Declassified transcripts from Trent Park reveal that in World War Two many of the imprisoned German officers discussed the atrocities freely (not realising they were being secretly recorded) - revealing to British Intelligence early details of the N**is' crimes against humanity.

#LightTheDarkness #StandTogether

Read more 👇

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/holocaust-memorial-day

On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under N**i Persecution and in genocides that followed.

19/01/2021
Mailing List — Trent Park House

We are excited for all that 2021 brings, and to keep everyone interested in the loop we will be starting a monthly newsletter!

If you would like to receive a monthly round up of what's been going on at Trent Park and how the project is developing, you can sign up to our mailing list below 👇

Trent Park House - Home of the Secret Listeners.

The Trent Park House team would like to wish all our followers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and extend our best...
24/12/2020

The Trent Park House team would like to wish all our followers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and extend our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021! 🎊

We are also delighted to share some very good news - the Trust has just concluded its lease negotiations with the site's freeholders, Berkeley Homes! ✍️ This is a major milestone (coming after months of intense negotiations) and ensures that the Trust is now able to proceed with developing the museum (and cafe) across the lower floors of Trent Park House - with an anticipated opening in Spring 2022! 🏛️

Fundraising is essential and ongoing (all support will be gratefully received via our website) - the more we raise the better the visitor experience will ultimately be! 🤞

Thank you to all our supporters who have helped us get this far! A huge amount of work remains, but with our great team of trustees, consultants and volunteers we are optimistic for what the future brings! Regular updates will follow as we develop the space and expand our outreach activities (please join the mailing list on our website).

Merry Christmas! 🎄

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/merry-christmas-and-good-news-announcement

Sir Philip Sassoon, the last private owner of Trent Park, was the  product of two illustrious families – the Sassoons an...
17/12/2020

Sir Philip Sassoon, the last private owner of Trent Park, was the product of two illustrious families – the Sassoons and the Rothschilds. Both families were Jewish émigrés originally, settling in the UK in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Learn more about the Sassoon family with our latest blog post: https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/sassoon-a-golden-legacy

The work of Trent Park and CSDIC (UK) was an instrumental part of Britain’s ‘secret war’. 🏛️The official historian of Br...
11/12/2020
Trent Park’s Contribution to the War Effort — Trent Park House

The work of Trent Park and CSDIC (UK) was an instrumental part of Britain’s ‘secret war’. 🏛️

The official historian of British intelligence in the Second World War, Sir Harry Hinsley, wrote that CSDIC (UK) ‘came to be classed among the most reliable [and respected] sources of intelligence’ by the British military establishment. 🏆

Read more about Trent Park's role in #WW2 in our latest history blog available on our website here 👇

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/trent-parks-contribution-to-the-war-effort

The work of Trent Park and CSDIC (UK) was an instrumental part of Britain’s ‘secret war’.

Flight Lieutenant Samuel Denys Felkin was placed in charge of the Air Intelligence section AI1(K), and later became Chie...
04/12/2020

Flight Lieutenant Samuel Denys Felkin was placed in charge of the Air Intelligence section AI1(K), and later became Chief Interrogation Officer at Trent Park.

Felkin served in WWI, and post war was posted to Berlin, working for the Reparations Committee - as a result, he spoke German fluently 🇩🇪

Known to prisoners as ‘Oberst King’, Felkin made himself charming and likeable, befriending prisoners and feeding them false information about Britain’s understanding of Germany’s war effort and tactics. The idea was for prisoners to then return, laughing about British ignorance, and telling their fellow inmates how they’d got thing wrong: all overheard of course by the Secret Listeners.

At the end of the war, Felkin was awarded and OBE, MBE, American Legion of Merit & Belgian Order of Chevalier with Swords - his work was far from over though, and interrogation and intelligence gathering continued for well over a year after the end of the war.

With a new series of The Crown out, we thought we’d share these snaps of the Queen Mother, Edward VIII and Princesses El...
23/11/2020

With a new series of The Crown out, we thought we’d share these snaps of the Queen Mother, Edward VIII and Princesses Elizabeth & Margaret visiting Trent Park House & Philip Sassoon in the 1930s.

The beautiful gardens and landscaping have long been one of Trent Park’s most lovely features 🌱🌷

The Obituary of Eric Mark, the last #SecretListener of #WWII, has been published in today's The Times and The Sunday Tim...
21/11/2020
Eric Mark obituary

The Obituary of Eric Mark, the last #SecretListener of #WWII, has been published in today's The Times and The Sunday Times 🗞️

Extract: 🎙️ “Listening to them talk was one of the most difficult times I ever had, but I could not show any emotion,” recalled Mark, who would sit in the cellar recording conversations on to a disc, which was then taken away for translation. 🎙️

Eric's fascinating work at Trent Park, as one of the Secret Listeners who listened and recorded the private conversations of the (often) N**i prisoners in the floors above, would prove a very important contribution to the Allied victory of #WW2.

Sworn to the Official Secrets Act, Eric, like all Secret Listeners, remained an unsung hero for most of his life. We look forward to celebrating his work, and that of all Trent Park's heroes, when we open to the public in 2022. 🏛️

We have many hurdles left to cross before opening, including fundraising, so if you can support us please visit our website and consider making a donation! 🤞

(PS the article is behind a paywall so unfortunately we cannot share it in full without permission, but you can read more about the work of the Secret Listeners on the history tab of our website - link in our bio 👆)

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/eric-mark-obituary-76937cqwg

Locked up in a camp on the Isle of Man to hold enemy aliens, Eric Mark, a German-born Jew and a refugee from N**i tyranny, was eager to contribute to the war against his homeland. After two years an

The Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre (CSDIC) (UK) has a remarkable wartime history. From humble beginning...
18/11/2020
The Story of Trent Park & CSDIC (UK) - A Timeline — Trent Park House

The Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre (CSDIC) (UK) has a remarkable wartime history.

From humble beginnings in September 1939, to moving to Trent Park in December 1939, it would go on to become an invaluable part of British Intelligence.

Read more about this war-winning operation in our latest history blog - available on our website here 👇

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/the-story-of-trent-park-and-csdic-uk-a-timeline

The Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre (CSDIC) (UK) has a remarkable wartime history. From humble beginnings in September 1939, to moving to Trent Park in December 1939, it would go on to become an invaluable part of British Intelligence.

It’s #ThrowbackThursday and this photo of General Hans-Jürgen Von Arnim’s arrival at Trent Park is in the spotlight this...
12/11/2020

It’s #ThrowbackThursday and this photo of General Hans-Jürgen Von Arnim’s arrival at Trent Park is in the spotlight this week 👀

Von Arnim took part in Operation Barbarossa and eventually ended up as commander of the Afrika Korps, plundering the Jewish community in Tunisia for gold and rounding up locals for forced labour. He surrendered to the British in 1943 with 350,000 men.

Along with 8 other German generals, Von Arnim arrived in London in May 1943, and was held prisoner at Trent Park. He was reportedly horrified at the attitudes and disloyalty shown by his fellow prisoners towards the Reich.

The conversations Von Arnim had with other generals at Trent Park were all listened to, and the Allies gained valuable intelligence from them - both about the inner workings of the Reich & attitudes on the ground.

As the UK enters a second lockdown, many of us will be spending a lot more time at home. These snaps showcase the beauti...
08/11/2020

As the UK enters a second lockdown, many of us will be spending a lot more time at home.

These snaps showcase the beautiful Sassoon-era interiors of Trent Park House - if only we all lived somewhere so lovely (and spacious)!😍

If all goes well, once we open we will have recreated many of these beautiful rooms - for the public near and far to enjoy!

Today is #RemembranceSunday, when we remember all those who have died in conflict, including all those who served at Tre...
08/11/2020

Today is #RemembranceSunday, when we remember all those who have died in conflict, including all those who served at Trent Park and its sister sites during #WW2.

#LestWeForget

We also greatly regret to announce the death of the last 'Secret Listener' of #WW2, Eric Mark, who sadly died yesterday. We send our heartfelt sympathies to his family. May he Rest in Peace.

Eric is pictured below at our reception at the House of Lords last year (May 2019) where he gave a rousing recollection of his memories serving at Trent Park during the War.

We are so grateful that Eric was part of our effort to establish #TrentParkHouse, and hope that we will succeed with our plans so that his memory, and those of all #SecretListeners, can be honoured and remembered.

#Remembrance

In December 1934, T E Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) visited Sir Philip Sassoon at Trent Park House. Lawr...
13/10/2020

In December 1934, T E Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) visited Sir Philip Sassoon at Trent Park House.

Lawrence was renowned for his role in the Arab Revolt and the Sinai & Palestine Campaign during WWI. After the War, he joined the foreign office, before rejoining the army in 1922, mainly working with the RAF.

Poignantly, he died less than 6 months after his visit - a motorbike crash near his home in Dorset cut his life tragically short.

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a project development grant from The Architectural H...
07/10/2020

We are delighted to announce that Trent Park House has been awarded a project development grant from The Architectural Heritage Fund!

The grant will support our architect’s costs for the museum fit-out, as the capital project approaches hard construction in 2021.

Visit our website to learn more about Trent Park House or to join our mailing list 👇

https://www.trentparkhouse.org.uk/latest-news/supported-by-the-architectural-heritage-fund

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The Trent Park Museum Trust is working to seek the establishment of Trent Park Museum within the Grade II listed mansion and beyond. It is formally recognised by Berkeley Homes, the owner of the site, as the relevant body to secure and oversee the development and eventual operation of the Museum. Please visit our website for more information: www.trentparkhouse.org.uk

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