Funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Worcestershire World War One Hundred is one of the largest programmes of events across England commemorating the First World War. Involving cultural and heritage organisations County-wide, Worcestershire World War One Hundred will commemorate the role Worcestershire played in World War One and tell the stories of Worcestershire people from now until 2018 and beyond.
As part of the project, the medical museums will be leading on a number of events and activities, including:
- research into the impact the First World War had upon medicine and healthcare in the County;
- the development of a Key Stage 3 board game based on the facts of a First World War casualty clearing station; and
- an open day at a former Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital in the region.
Dr Adrian Gregson, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service said: “We hope people across the County take the opportunity to visit as many of the events planned for the next four years as possible, Worcestershire World War One Hundred is a real opportunity to understand and appreciate the impact the First World War had on our own communities. We are also encouraging people from across Worcestershire to share their artefacts and stories demonstrating the impact World War One had on the people of Worcestershire both on the home front and front line for inclusion in the People’s Collection.”
MARTHA STEWART: the 1st female resident medical officer at worcester infirmary
The museums have been working with researcher Dr. Rebecca Wynter to complete research about the first female RMO at Worcester Infirmary in 1915. Click here to be taken to the completed research.
IMPACT OF FIRST WORLD WAR ON MEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE
Click here for more details about the museums' current research project.
who was cared for at Battenhall VAD Hospital?
Volunteers have completed some fabulous research on soldiers we know were cared for at Battenhall VAD Hospital, Worcester. Click on the names below to find out more:
VAD Hospital open day
The museums have been given the go-ahead from The Boynes residential care home in Upton-upon-Severn, to host our VAD event there. This was one of many large buildings commandeered as a Red Cross voluntary aid detachment hospital during the First World War. A local school has been secured to work with and together there will be an event at The Boynes during springtime 2017. Watch this space!
conservation & digitization
As part the medical museums' involvement in WWW100, the George Marshall Medical Museum has had one of its two autograph albums from the former Battenhall VAD Hospital conserved.
The original book, a small, landscape autograph book was donated to the museum after it was found at an antiques shop. It had a loose sewing structure and straw boards. Some pages were loose, with some missing altogether and self-adhesive tape had been used to hold the outer pages together. The original goat or sheepskin cover was missing. Thanks to the WWW100 grant, we could afford to employ a book conservator, who also works with the collections at the Cathedral Library, to restore the book.
Browse both of the museums' autograph books in the galleries below. Scroll through the images with the forward and back buttons.
Casualty Clearing Station board game
The George Marshall Medical Museum had already created a prototype board game for Key Stage 3 mathematics students with previous funding from the Museum Libraries and Archives Science in Your World programme and expert help from a Mathematics teacher at The Polesworth School. Thanks to the WWW100 project, the museums commissioned a designer to design and produce 10 hard copies and a downloadable version for playing. The prototype game, based on the First World War scenario of a casualty clearing station was piloted by Key Stage 3 mathematics students from Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester.
The game is based upon the George Marshall Medical Museum's collections of objects relating to Lt. Col. Goddard, a Medical Officer during the First World War, and the premise of the casualty clearing station. Students will apply their knowledge of probabilities and percentages to decide the best course of medical treatment for sets of injured soldiers. In playing the board game, students will use their mathematical skills to engage with both history and mathematics in a fun and informative way.
The museums will loan to schools in Worcestershire (in the first instance) for free, you can book the game by contacting The Infirmary. If you want to download the game and play it today it can be found here.