The Trevelyan Papers, deposited by the Trevelyan family, are those of several generations of the Trevelyan family whose home was Wallington Hall, Northumberland. The archive is rich and diverse, not least because the family had so many roles and indulged so many interests between them that the archive can truly be described as multi-disciplinary.
Walter Calverley Trevelyan (1797-1870) campaigned for temperance but had an active interest in botany and geology - his papers include pressed plant specimens, as well as items on various scientific subjects (science, applied science, scientific societies, research, chemistry, the Newcastle College of Physical Science, zoology, Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, natural history and the Hancock Museum in Newcastle, mineralology and phrenology). Additionally, there is material on the Wansbeck, Central Northumberland and North British railways; mining and the Davy lamp; and on Newcastle schools, reform schools and school boards. His wife, Pauline (1816-1866), was a friend of John Ruskin, Charles Algernon Swinburne, William Bell Scott (who painted one of the murals in the central hall at Wallington) and some of the Pre-Raphaelites.