2016 to 2018 A Happy Convalescence

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Introduction Discover the stories of fun, friendship and romance that offered a brief respite from the front lines for injured soldiers sent to recover at Hartlebury Castle Hospital. New exhibition A Happy Convalescence, is part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project.

Discover Hartlebury Castle’s History as a WWI Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital

Uncover patient’s drawings, poems and comments as well as the stories of the Worcestershire women who nursed them back to health.

Piece together the journeys of the ill and injured from the battlefield to ‘Blighty’ and back again through patient’s drawings, poems and comments.

Meet the determined Worcestershire women who nursed them back to health including the story of the Gibbons sisters, Margaret and Frances who organised, ran and nursed Hartlebury VAD Hospital from 1915 until the end of the war.

The exhibition will feature real objects from the trenches, including gas masks, cigarettes and even a surgeon's kit used at the front. The exhibition has been curated from Museum Worcestershire’s collection along with loans from George Marshall Medical Museum, The Mercian Regiment Museum and from local people.

Runs from 12 March 2016 until 23rd December 2018


Heritage Lottery Fund
Lottery Funded