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On 20, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In | By Voices

Worcestershire World War 100

Led by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS), this HLF project brings together the county of Worcestershire to involve communities in uncovering more about how the First World War impacted on every town, village and family across the county.

From stories of soldiers and their families, the impact of the conflict on healthcare in the county, to the role of local women on the home front, the project will offer the chance to learn about the technological, social, economic, political and medical developments in a time of trauma and crisis that still have influence on our lives today.

Organisations partnering with the WAAS include a range of local museums, some of which have a particular interest in the First World War and together they will host themed exhibitions at a variety of county-wide venues on subjects such as the battles of Gheluvelt, Neuve Chappelle and the Somme, the impact of the war on mental health, the role of notable people such as Vesta Tilley and Reverend Studdert-Kennedy, and life on the home front.

  • The Mayor and Worcester City Council
  • Museums Worcestershire
  • University of Worcester
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Worcester Regimental Museum
  • Worcester Yeomanry Cavalry Museum Trust
  • George Marshall Medical Museum
  • The Infirmary (University of Worcester)
  • Tudor House, Worcester Museum of Local Life
  • Elgar Birthplace Museum
  • Avoncroft Museum
  • Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum

Mess Tin and leather belt  [The Infirmary, University of Worcester]The Infirmary is an interactive exhibition at the University of Worcester’s City Campus combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries.

A mess tin is an important piece of equipment in every soldier’s kit. Lt. Col. G. H. Goddard’s served as a medical officer in World War 1 and his dented tin reminds us of its regular use. His family donated a rich collection of artefacts including camp bed, uniforms, books and medical instruments used. They help us paint a vivid picture of frontline activities for medical men in the war.

You can see the mess tin and a selection of Mr R Goddard’s donation at The Infirmary at University of Worcester’s City Campus.

Battenhall Mount VAD Hospital [George Marshall Medical Museum]George Marshall Medical Museum is home to a fascinating collection of artefacts which illustrate the way that medicine and health care have developed over the past 250 years. There is plenty to see in the Museum, including a collection of death masks, a reconstructed apothecary’s shop and a 19th century operating theatre. The Museum also holds a fascinating collection of medical books, photographs and oral histories.

This photograph was taken inside the Battenhall Mount VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Hospital circa 1915-1917 after the first wounded soldiers arrived for their convalescence in the summer of 1915 from Shrub Hill station. This building is now a private school, and this particular room is now the school’s library. The photograph offers a unique glimpse into a single moment in time and gives us an excellent visual opportunity to begin to illustrate to members of the public what VAD hospitals might have looked like.

Cynthia Carlton Tank [Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service]Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service works to protect, preserve, manage, record, interpret and promote the history and historic environment of Worcestershire. All types of research on Worcestershire people and places can be undertaken using the comprehensive resources of the Historic Environment Record and our diverse archive collections.

Following the death of his son Laurence Barnard Carlton on 9 August 1915 in Turkey, his father Sir Arthur Carlton devoted his energies into raising money for the war. He raised money to purchase this tank ‘Cynthia Carlton’, which was driven through the streets of Worcester and after the war it was returned to the City. The tank is named after Laurence’s sister who was a Hollywood actress. The Carlton family owned a number of Theatre Royals across the country.

The image is taken from a collection of glass plate negatives from Worcester City Library, their provenance is unknown and they are part of a large, long term project to digitise the photographic holdings.


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