Producing work for an EAST exhibition is not just about research, trials and samples, making the item and putting it on display. Sometimes the work can have a life after the last exhibition is packed away. I find it particularly gratifying to hear that something EAST created has become the inspiration for someone else. For the work made for Between the Lines it is particularly pleasing to hear that the research itself continues to be useful.
This has been the case with regard to the information sheet I produced on the Lady Smith-Dorrien’s Hospital Bag Fund. I had used this to make my work, shown above when the exhibition visited Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington. Now the research is going to be part of a museum display.
From 4th December this year, and for six weeks only, Bath Medical Museum will be recreating a WWI war hospital – looking at how the inpatients (soldiers) were ‘entertained’ over the Christmas period. Instead of focusing on the grimmer aspects of war the exhibition will use anecdotal stories on the themes of food, entertainment, gifts, decorations, celebrations, etc. They will look at how local people provided plum puddings, knitted goods and filling crackers.
In addition, on the opening day (6.12.17) there will be a lecture by Dr Roger Rolls on the history of the Bath Mineral Hospital during the war. The exhibition continues until 6 January 2018.
For more information visit the Bath Hospital Museum website. Please note that the museum, which is run entirely by volunteers is open Mondays to Wednesdays (2pm to 4pm) and Fridays (10am to 12 noon).
More information about Lady Smith-Dorrien’s Hospital Bag Fund can be found by following the link from my page – HERE.