at the Eden Valley Museum we are commemorating the centenary of
the First World War with an exhibition entitled
the Boys Come Home.
is all about the lives of ordinary people in the Eden Valley area
during the war years. From the Surrey border to Penshurst, we
will explore what it was like to be part of one of the most turbulent
periods of world history from a local point of view.
This exhibition will cover all aspects of life within the area
throughout the War. Our focus is on telling the stories of local
people and their experiences at home. We will be exploring the
impact of the war on the lives of the people and their own contributions
to the war effort rather than focussing on the fighting abroad.
Our Grand Opening event will be held on Sat 10th May from 10am
to 4pm and will include a host of things to see and do!
Rickard’s Hall will play host to much of the day’s
activities with a medical display, munitions display and military
display all on show. This is not to mention a nurse, munitions
worker and some soldiers to back it all up!
The day will be kicked off by a short parade of the Rifles Living
History Society and the Queens Own Royal West Kent re-enactors
accompanied by the Edenbridge Town Band. The Town Band will be
playing period songs, and in addition, the Forge Singers will
be here in the afternoon for a real old fashioned sing along!
This will then be followed by a drill display from the soldiers
to give us a taste of military life in 1914 and then a short welcome
by Leader of the Edenbridge Town Council Bob Orridge.
The re-enactors will be with us all day giving talks and demonstrations
to give a real insight into what it was like at the time. The
soldiers will be giving us a taste of bayonet fighting and will
be more than happy to answer any questions!
Our nurse and munitions worker will of course give us a picture
of the astounding civilian contribution to the war effort. With
the tannery supplying leather and Rickards Hall serving as a hospital
for Belgian soldiers, this is the perfect place to remember and
The British “Boys” off to War!
We would love for people to come and talk to the re-enactors
and look around our brand new exhibition within the museum.
We will be showing a short film produced by the Belgian Tourist
Board about the Belgian experience during the war. Given the role
of Rickard’s Hall in helping Belgian soldiers wounded at
the front, this will be especially fitting! There will follow
a Q&A session related to the film.
Food and refreshments will be on sale and will be form authentic
There will be drill displays with period re-enactors, turn of
the century food, showings of a short film and much more!
Saturday May 10th sees our Grand Opening; of this exhibition
and we are pleased to announce a day-long event to kick things
The event and museum are both FREE so
please come along and see us! Don’t Miss This Spectacular
Event to Remember the “Boys” From WW1