The Friends of the Museum encourage everyone to come along to a WW1 commemorative day at Edenbridge on Saturday 10 May. Edenbridge is just a few miles from our museum at Hever Castle, and it will be a good opportunity to share our new museum plans with members of the local community. The KSY Museum will have a stand for the day at the Eden Valley Museum. If anyone would like to help Boris and me to man the stand, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eden Valley Museum is centrally located on Edenbridge High Street - Eden Valley Museum, Church House, 72 High Street, Edenbridge TN8 5AR
WW1 COMMEMORATIVE EVENT
Saturday 10th May, 10am - 4pm
The Eden Valley Museum invites you to a FREE all day event marking the Centenary of the Great War 1914-1918
Rifles Living History Society
The event begins at 10am with a marching display in Edenbridge High Street by WW1 re-enactors, the Rifles Living History Society and the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Living History Group, accompanied by the Town Band and British Legion.
The programme will include various drill displays including one-to-one bayonet fighting and a gas mask drill.
SHOW AND TELL
There will be a display of soldier’s uniforms and equipment, including a heavy machine gun; a munitions display; a Medical Corps Display; and the story of a wounded WW1 soldier’s journey back to Blighty.
SONGS AND TUNES
During the morning the Town Band will entertain visitors with tunes from the era and over the lunchtime period, the Forge Singers, in WW1 uniforms, will be singing well-known songs from the Great War era.
There will be two showings, at 11.15am and 2pm, of a film on The Belgian Experience in the Great War followed by a Q&A session with Andrew Morgan of the Rifles Living History Society.
FINDING MY PAST
The museum is bringing together several relatives of the Geal family, descendants of WW1 soldiers, some of whom have never met or even knew about each other until museum researchers brought their relationships to light. This special display includes a fascinating story of a ‘Lost then Found’ WW1 Gallantry Medal previously featured in Britain's Secret Treasures a documentary shown on ITV in 2012/13.
NEW WW1 EXHIBITION
‘TIL THE BOYS COME HOME
Displays on Recruiting, Munitions, Tannery, Royal Flying Corps, Refugees and Casualties, Working on the land, Children doing their bit, Life at Home and Soldiers Stories.
Exhibition and Museum Open 2pm to 4.30pm Wednesday and Friday; 10am to 4pm Thursday and Saturday and Summer Sundays in June, July and August from 2pm to 4.30pm. ENTRY FREE
Refreshments will be available all day with lunches, cakes and biscuits based on Mrs Beeton’s 1914 recipe book!