1 November 2016


Red Barns in Redcar was built by Gertrude Bell’s father and she lived there before she became ‘a scholar, traveller, administrator and peace maker, a friend of the Arabs’ (plaque on the wall here). The building, once a hotel, is Grade II* listed and was designed by Philip Webb. ‘As a girl, Gertrude Bell was educated at Red Barns. Full of energy and determination fostered at home, she grew up to be a woman of considerable international influence. A great believer in the value of heritage for people, Gertrude worked tirelessly to protect ancient buildings and to establish museums and libraries. She and her family were true pioneers. Given its history and significance, it seems very fitting that we should all join with the community in Redcar to help restore the Bell family home for the future’ (manager of the Gertrude Bell Photographic Archive).