Last Saturday opening of Memories of World War 2

Once again, despite the awful weather at the weekend, members of the public braved the high winds and visited Daventry Museum to see Roger Money and Gerry Thompson for the last Saturday opening of Memories of World War Two.

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Land Girl Helen Frost

Joining the team on Saturday was Women’s Land Army enthusiast Helen Frost, pictured here in original Land Girl trousers and reproduction uniform. Helen spoke to visitors about the importance of Land Girls during the war and how some women continued in their roles after the war had ended.

Volunteers and visitors were treated to a marvellous performance combining piano and ukulele (not banjo as previously stated), and accompanied by charming vocals. The quartet came together for the occasion and are not officially a group, however we at the museum feel they should release an album! They sounded brilliant and enhanced the enjoyment and atmosphere in the museum with a mixture of 1940s music and Christmas songs.

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Robert Jennens, Sue Jennens, David Schofield and Cllr Julie Wesley

Thanks also to David Schofield for kindly donating the piano stool.

Visitors keen to share their wartime memorabilia brought in a Morse Lamp Signaller and an ARP Warden’s First Aid Box for members of the public to examine up close, as well as this Air Raid Siren pictured below.

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Roger Money and visitor inspecting the Air Raid Siren

Gerry Thompson explained that during the four Saturday open days for the World War 2 exhibition, he had regular visitors who were keen to find out more about their family or relatives during the war, through Gerry’s research. Roger Money also described how he’d had repeat visitors, young and old, who were enthused by the wartime memorabilia Roger had on display.

Daventry Museum would like to thank all those involved in making the Memories of World War Two exhibition a great success. It is through the dedication, hard work and enthusiasm from all the volunteers that the museum is able to provide such engaging exhibitions for members of the public to access and learn about their local history and heritage.