Museum of East Anglian Life exhibition in praise of WWI nurses

PUBLISHED: 16:03 26 August 2014

First World War exhibition at MEAL

First World War exhibition at MEAL


Now showing until November 16 at Abbot’s Hall, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket – Everybody’s Darling: the First World War Nurse. This is a touring exhibition which celebrates the enormous contribution made by thousands of women who served as nurses during the First World War.

First World War exhibition at MEALFirst World War exhibition at MEAL

Many worked in one of the hundreds of military hospitals at home caring for vast numbers of injured servicemen. Others worked on the Western and Eastern fronts, in casualty clearing stations and field hospitals close to the battle lines. They were closer to the frontline than in any previous conflict, working up to 20 hours a day, often during periods of heavy fighting. Conditions were hazardous and gruelling and many nurses died.

The exhibition includes many original artefacts, including a poignant autograph book belonging to a nurse working at All Hallows Hospital, Ditchingham. It contains messages of thanks and best wishes for the future, poems, cartoons and drawings by wounded soldiers.

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