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Travel through time to a 1917 Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital WWI Hospital Histories – The Boynes

Posted  13 April 2017 in Events   News   Projects and Resources  
By Liz Robertson
Pupils at Hartlebury Castle VAD exhibition c. Worcestershire WW100

Join the Worcestershire World War One Hundred team for a special open day remembering Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) Hospitals on Saturday 22 April, 11am – 2pm.

WWI Hospital Histories takes place at former Red Cross VAD Hospital, The Boynes Care Centre, Upton-upon-Severn, WR8 0SB.

Expect Casualty Clearing Station re-enactors, artwork and poetry created by pupils from a local primary school, lawn games and timed tours of the former VAD Hospital.

The event sees the culmination of a three month project between the Worcester Medical Museums and teachers and pupils at Hanley Swan St Gabriel’s with St. Mary’s CofE Primary School. During the project re-enactment group Discover History worked with pupils to help them understand what would happen to a wounded soldier during the World War One and the importance of stretcher bearers and the casualty evacuation chain in a soldier’s treatment.

As part of the project pupils visited the exhibition ‘A Happy Convalescence’ at Hartlebury Castle, used as a Red Cross VAD Hospital during the World War One. In the classroom, images from autograph books signed by the soldiers cared for at Battenhall Mount Red Cross VAD Hospital (another local VAD) were used, along with poems and illustrations created by recovering soldiers.

Pupils worked with poet Charley Barnes to imagine themselves as soldiers cared for at a VAD hospital and they came up with their own  autograph book. The open day will feature an exhibition of artwork and poetry created by the pupils.

In addition to the work by pupils, activities on the day will include the Worcestershire World War One Hundred Bell Tent Casualty Clearing Station with re-enactors Discover History; timed poetry performances from Charley Barnes, Worcestershire based writer and poet; timed tours of the former VAD Hospital; and lawn games.

WWI Hospital Histories – The Boynes is part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project. Funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Worcestershire World War One Hundred is one of the largest programme events across England commemorating World War One involving cultural and heritage organisations County-wide through until 2018.

For further information visit, to view some of the autograph books in digital form visit

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