Museum of Richmond launches World War One exhibition

Museum of Richmond launches World War One exhibition

Proud: Jean Dudley Hardy

War work: Dorothy was later made an MBE

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Through displays of private artefacts, photographs, letters and reminiscences from local people, a special exhibition relates the fascinating and moving stories of Richmond’s First World War experience.

The in-depth exploration of Richmond from 1914 to 1918 includes information on the founding of the Poppy Factory and the Royal Star and Garter as well as the temporary military hospitals established during the war.

It provides a detailed look at how everyday life was changed by the war and how local people got involved in the war effort, including joining the Volunteer Training Corps and the Volunteer Aid Detachment nurses.

A successful appeal for World War I objects and archive material has allowed the museum to present a number of soldiers’ individual stories, including that of artist Thomas Bush Hardy’s daughter, Dorothy, who was a nurse looking after wounded soldiers during the war.

Her MBE is on display at the museum.

The exhibition is part of a project that has encouraged historians and community groups to undertake research into the how the World War I affected the borough, along with a wide range of school, family and adult events.

1914 -1918 Richmond at Home and at War - Local stories and their International Links; Museum of Richmond, Whittaker Avenue; August 8 to April 22; or 020 8332 1141.

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