I have already mentioned the moving and extraordinarily complete WW1 hospital archive here at Stokesay Court. Letters, photographs, accounts, rationing details, forms and momentos, all of which paint a detailed picture, have survived, along with posters which look as if they have only just come back from the printer.
We have displayed some of this archive material, and have opened up two new rooms aimed at evoking the feel of Stokesay Court when it was volunteered for use as an Auxilliary Military Hospital.
In an attempt to show something of the welcome and ambience that the house, family and staff gave to recovering soldiers, many of whom went back out to fight on after their stay at Stokesay, we have focussed on particular stories we can follow through. These give an insight into what arriving and staying at Stokesay Court meant for an individual soldier who had been wounded, or was sick. We also display some of the correspondence with the authorities of the time which sheds light on their response to the use of the house, as well as illustrating the increasing burden of bureaucracy which was placed on auxiliary hospitals as the War progressed.
The exhibition has been well received thus far. We will be adding to it ahead of the weekend of April 18th-19th when we will host a programme of events, in conjunction with the Red Cross, to mark officially 100 years since Stokesay Court opened its doors to the first soldier patients.
Full details of this event will be posted on our website early in the New Year. Click here for further details.