Welcome to the first of our National Trust blog entries from the London and South East region.

Over the coming months a variety of experts from within the region will be blogging about their work and sharing their knowledge on a wide range of topics.

From wildlife experts to a historical paper specialist the National Trust in London and the South East has a wide range of specialist skills and we thought it was about time that we shouted about it.

Starting in November, as part of the annual armistice commemoration, Adam Walsh, our Collections Engagement Officer will be telling the stories of some of our places and their links to the First World War through items in our collection.

Britain declared war on 4 August 1914 and became involved in what became known as the Great War by the generation involved. Almost every family in the country was affected.

The war was not only fought on the battlefield but on the home front people were involved in the total war effort. It had a lasting effect on the memory of future generations.

Find out next week how two historic houses in Surrey, Clandon and Hatchlands, were used as auxiliary hospitals during the war and about the volunteer nurses of the VAD who worked there.