Munitions Worker Kate Beckett of Woodchester, working at TH & J Daniels in 1918

In 2017 the Museum will be turning its attention to the Home Front - we will be looking at the Volunteer Force, the Voluntary Aid Detachment, Letters Home and more.

The proposed programme (subject to change) is as follows:

1st January - 19th February - The Defence of the Realm - a look at the Volunteer Force who were the World War One counterparts to the Home Guard of World War Two

21st February - 26th March - Letters of War - a look at some of the War correspondents represented in the Museum collections - what did they share with their loved ones at home, what is left out, and what can that tell us about their experiences at the Front.

28th March - 4 June - Sue Brown's Letters Home - the next installment of work by the Museum's World War One artist-in-residence Sue Brown. This display will be a specially created artistic installation reflecting the theme of the letters from the front.

6th June - 30th July - 'Carry our Soldiers Out of Sickness, out of the Light of Good Health' The displays during this period will look at rest and recuperation, VAD hospitals in the district and the Red Cross

1st August - 1st October - I'm patriotic as can be, and ration points won't worry me! - The displays during this period will look at fundraising, morale boosting and rationing at home

3rd October - 3rd December - One Woman's Search - a counterpart to our very first World War One story - One Man's War, this display will look at the story of Daisy Watkins and her heartbreaking search for her missing husband.

As ever, we are hoping to work with local history societies and other interested parties to tell these stories - if you would like to contribute please contact us

Did you know?

One of the first men to recognise the condition known as Shell Shock was Dr. Hills who was then attached to the Fourth Army. In the mid-twentieth century Dr. Hills became the GP for Stroud.


Stroud Local History Society are researching the Home Front in Stroud during World War One - contact them for more information or to contribute


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