Learn more about the First World War volunteers at Frenchay museum

Published on: 04 Feb 2015

First World War volunteers at Frenchay

HAVE you seen the new film version of Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain’s account of her life as a nurse a century ago?

You can find out more about these First World War volunteers and how they were active in an exhibition at Frenchay Village Museum.

Cleve Hill House in Downend was used as a military hospital during the conflict and many local people were involved in tending the wounded servicemen.

Among them were Molly and Nancy Elliott, of Cliff Court, Frenchay, who like Vera were VAD nurses. They made a collection of about 100 postcards, featuring staff and patients.

These form the basis of the exhibition, along with two sketchbooks made by nurses at the hospital.

The museum has extended the display until the end of March because of the level of interest. The museum is just inside Frenchay Hospital Entrance B, and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5pm and Wednesdays 1-4pm. Admission is free.

The museum has also produced a new book, Frenchay – A Village at War 1914-18. The text is taken from contemporary parish magazines, and features letters from serving soldiers. Copies of the book are available in the museum and cost £3..

You can find out more on the museum website  frenchaymuseumarchives.co.uk.

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