Museum's look at life on home front

October 31 2018
Museum's look at life on home front

FRENCHAY Village Museum is staging an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The temporary exhibition, called Ministering Angels: VAD Nurses from Frenchay, tells the story of local women who devoted their time to aiding recovering servicemen at Cleve Hill Hospital in Downend.

It promises to explore the relationships formed between patients and nurses, their lives and motivations, as well as how war affected people in Frenchay, commemorating the men who fought in it what people at home did to help with the war effort.  

A uniform, autograph book and other items which belonged to Frenchay women who worked as Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses will be on display at the museum in Begbrook Park.

Photos from the period, including portraits of nurses and servicemen and images which capture the interiors of the hospital, day to day activities and the camaraderie which existed, are included in the exhibition, along with letters home from soldiers at the front.

The changing role of women in society, as they became more active in the workforce and leaders in the war effort at home, will also be explored in the exhibition.

As a part of the exhibition, which runs from October 31 until January 30, there will be a new children’s activity in the museum for visiting families.

The museum is open every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 2pm until 5pm. Entrance is free. For more information  visit or search for ‘Frenchay Village Museum’ on Facebook or Instagram.


PHOTO ABOVE: Nurses of the Voluntary Aid Detachment and wounded soldiers at Cleve Hill Hospital in Downend during the First World War