In 2014 the museum marked this important occasion with the exhibition “WW1: The Hadhams on the Home Front”, the event “WW1: The Village Show” and a series of talks including “Warhorse, Being Joey”. This project was funded by HLF’s WW1 Then and Now programme, which awarded the museum £9750.
During the research phase of our project, the contribution from the local community was almost overwhelming. Family stories, photographs and objects flooded in, so much that it was impossible for us to include everything within one exhibition. As a result, we are pleased to announce a second year long exhibition which will focus on the VAD Hospital in Much Hadham, the stories of the nurses and the soldiers who convalesced here. The starting point for this research is the hospital’s guest books, now held at the Imperial War Museum archive. These books contain messages, sketches and poems written by the soldiers during their stay. After a very long wait, our museum volunteers have now photographed the books and are currently listing all the soldiers and collating any documentation that can be sourced to tell their stories.
If you would like to get involved in this fascinating project, please use the “Contact Us” form on our website to get in touch, www.hadhammuseum.org.uk.