The impact of the Great War on town

Helen Schultheiss and Gwen Rintoul
Helen Schultheiss and Gwen Rintoul

A display looking into the history of the First World War and its impact on Daventry opens its doors this Saturday.

The new exhibition launches at Daventry Museum at 10am and features artefacts from the town dating back to the Great War.

Rod Vivash said: “It’s telling the story of the war and how it affected Daventry through the items we have and have been loaned.

“We have trench art vases created using shell cases that were fired during the war; photos of local people involved in the war; items from the home front, and more.”

One of the items that will be on display is an original First World War nurse’s apron.

Mr Viveash said: “It has been passed down through a family and loaned to us. We are using it to illustrate the story of the Daventry Military Hospital that operated during the war. It was in the High Street in the unit now occupied by Campbells estate agent.

“It treated soldiers injured in the fighting, and was one of many small hospitals around the area and across the country.”

The Daventry Express records in 1918 after the end of the fighting that the hospital had 27 patients, and listed donations being made from people across the area.

Pictured right in one of the photos from the exhibition is one of the hospital’s nurses posing for a photo with some of the injured men.

Daventry Museum is in New Street, just up from the High Street junction in the offices of Daventry Town Council. On Saturday it is open from 10am to 4pm, and then 9.30am to 1.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays and the first Saturday in the month 10am to 4pm. Anyone wishing to volunteer at the museum can call 01327 301246.