This Easter, The Devil’s Porridge Museum is running a programme of free online events in cooperation with re-enactment group On War Service. On War Service are a group of experienced history enthusiasts who run family-friendly events representing the soldiers, nurses, war workers and civilians of the First World War. “We’re very excited to be hosting these events which will really bring the past to life” commented Judith Hewitt, Museum Manager, “and we hope the public will be eager to join us online over Easter.”
The events at The Devil’s Porridge have been designed to appeal to a range of ages and interests and will take place via Zoom on the 3-4th and 10th-11th of April.
People of all ages are invited to ‘meet’ a first world war Tommy, and to discover the role of Air intelligence during the Great War. There are also two interactive events designed for children under twelve, the first of which explores the life of a child on the Home Front during the war, and the second introduces participants to the foods eaten by soldiers in the trenches. Meanwhile, a mini-series of events for teenagers and adults called ‘Treating Tommy’ introduces attendees to the medical staff of the war and explores the treatments administered to injured soldiers. These events may particularly appeal to young people studying the First World War, or the History of Medicine, at school.
The final session on Sunday 11th April presents the public the chance to seek assistance with any personal research relating to the First World War. Attendees are invited to bring along their own stories, photographs and artefacts to share. It is the perfect opportunity for family historians and anyone with an interest in the Great War to find answers to any burning or nagging questions they’ve been harbouring.