24th Oct, 2016

Wartime stories at Almonry

Evesham Editorial 9th Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE HISTORY of life in the Vale during the First World War is set to be unveiled to residents.

Community history groups, artists, historians and University of Worcester students will all be sharing their stories about the Home Front experiences of those who lived in the area.

The Almonry Heritage Centre in Abbey Mews will play host to the Great War event, which takes place on Thursday (October 16) between 1pm and 7pm.

Visitors will take a trip back in time to see letters collected by the Badsey History Society, Girlguiding Worcestershire will share stories of how the county’s Girl Guides volunteered to keep things going and the sad story of an Evesham man shot at

dawn for apparent desertion on February 8 1915 will be told.

A host of information on convalescence hospitals, Belgium refugees, fruit growing, German POWs, land girls, child labourers and the daily lives of Vale families will also be available.

Professor Maggie Andrews, from the University of Worcester and co-investigator of the AHRC: Voices of War & Peace WW1 Engagement Centre, will be speaking at the event.

“We hope to encourage a wide range of people to research the history of the Evesham during the First World War,” she said.

“Many of us have some awareness of histories of soldiers but there are other histories of the war to be told. The housewives, children domestic servants, shopkeepers, farmer and smallholders all have stories which should be heard.

“Family memories, letters, diaries, photographs, memorabilia and local newspapers will all help to tell their histories.”

Visit ww1inthevale.wordpress.com for more information.