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Christmas at Hartlebury Castle VAD Hospital

19th December 2016

Over the festive period 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.

A Happy Convalescence opened earlier this year, is funded through the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme and runs until March 2018 at the County Museum, Hartlebury Castle.

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 features real objects from the trenches, including gas masks, cigarettes and even a surgeon's kit used at the front. Visitors are also able to experience an interactive VAD bed complete with the kinds of items you would find in a patient’s bedside table.

The exhibition has been curated from Museum Worcestershire’s collection along with loans from George Marshal Medical Museum, The Mercian Regiment Museum and from local people.

To find out more about Christmas opening times click here