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Commemorative Material from Putten, Netherlands
In 2015 a visitor came to Stroud from the Netherlands bringing with them the story of this generosity of spirit and the compassion shown by the people of Stroud to his ancestors.
In October 1944 Putten in the Netherlands was the scene of one of the biggest Nazi raids to be held in the country during World War II. The raids were a retaliatory measure for an attack by the local resistance that killed one Wehrmacht officer near Nijkerk.
On 1 & 2 October, 661 men and boys, the majority of the male population, were deported from the town and 602 of them were sent to work in concentration camps such as Neuengamme and Birkenau.
540 of them died in concentration camps and only 49 survived to return after the war. Following the war, two of the responsible German officers were tried and convicted for this action.
It seems that the people of Stroud heard of the plight of the widows and orphans of Putten, and set out to try to help them. A fund was set up and money was raised for the town. In gratitude, the people of Putten named their Community Centre and Theatre 'Stroud'.
Carl Mooijman came to Stroud in 2015 bearing the spoon (pictured) and the associated literature which he hoped to pass on to someone who remembered the collection being made, or even better, someone who was involved in the fundraising.
Unfortunately, despite best efforts by Carl and Stroud Town Council it has not been possible to find such a person. The Museum is delighted to have been donated these items for us to preserve, along with the story for future generations.
The Putten spoon and other material will be on display at the Museum until the end of March.
The first Stroud Shakespeare Festival
Get ready to enjoy the first Stroud Shakespeare Festival from 31st May - 2nd June 2018!
Art Lovers Weekend at the Museum
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March are packed full of artistic exploration at the Museum in the Park!
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
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