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'Til the Boys Come Home’
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Here at the Eden Valley Museum we are commemorating the centenary of the First World War with an exhibition entitled

'Til the Boys Come Home.

 

 

This 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 learn more!

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 1914 recipes!

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 off!

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

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