‘On War Service’ A Living History Event to be Held at Dumfries Museum

As part of Dumfries Museum’s focus on Women’s History, a free drop in event will be held over the weekend of April 29th and 30th

Members of ‘On War Service’ a living history group dedicated to sharing the lives and experiences of people during World War One, there will be displays of medical equipment, a field operating table and historical re-enactors dressed as doctors and nurses.  You will be able to come along throughout the day to find out more about the role of medics in World War One including the many women who worked as ambulance drivers, nurses and doctors.


This event has been organised as an enhancement to Dumfries Museum’s current exhibition, ‘The Women of Dumfries: Art, Suffrage, Temperance and War’ which includes a painting of Dr Flora Murray.  Dr Murray was born near Dalton in Dumfriesshire, she worked at The Crichton Hospital in Dumfries, was an active Suffragette and established the Women’s Hospital Corps in World War One.  She was awarded a CBE for her work at Endell Street Military Hospital which she established with her partner in life and work, Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson.  The hospital was the first to be staffed entirely by women.  The exhibition explores Dr Murray’s work and her position as an LGBT icon who features on the £100 Bank of Scotland note.  Exhibition open until January 30th 2024 and includes the lives of several other remarkable Women of Dumfries.