On 25th of April our project exhibition, “Training for War: Exploring Shoreham Army Camp 1914-1919” opened at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery with great success.
Behind the Scenes:
The open day was well-attended with around 60-70 guests including many of our volunteers, partners and supporters.
Open day visitors
Worthing Mayor Vic Walker and Deputy Mayor Michael Donin gave great speeches and the Connaught Theatre hosted a cinema showing of films produced by the students of Worthing College on the project.
Short Exhibition edit of the student films.
The exhibition is open to the public and will remain in Worthing Museum until the end of May 2015. But the project is far from over. Over the next 4 months we are delivering events all over Worthing and Shoreham and will be working on developing a project website which will remain as a lasting legacy for our research.
18th -28th June: Project Exhibition up at Worthing College.
5th July: Trench day at Shoreham Fort with Shoreham Sea Scouts.
11th July: pop-up stand at Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’s Open Day
18th July: WW1 Archaeology Open Day at Worthing Museum
8th August: pop-up stands at Shoreham Market
21st August (tbc): Walking tour in Shoreham
2nd September – 3rd October: Project Exhibition up at Marlipins Museum, Shoreham.
The Dome Electric Theatre had a successful line-up that week including a new episode of soldiers’ favourite, “The Laughing Mask”. The following week the schedule was to feature a Triangle exclusive and a Pathé Gazette reel showing convalescent Colonials doing gymnastic exercises at Shoreham Camp.
Two members of an underage Battalion of Canadian Regiment at Shoreham, Theodore Descanucle of Rumanian extraction, and Emillien Grigon, a French Canadian, were charged with stealing Worthing local, Florence Briant’s, tricycle that was valued at £4.
Constable Pateman of Lancing stated he saw the accused with the tricycle on Tuesday night outside the Sussex Pad Inn. Pateman said he questioned the two boys who began conferring with one another in a foreign language for answers before responding that their mate had lent them the tricycle so they could ride to the next town “to see our girls”. Not satisfied with the answers, Pateman said he would arrest them. The boys ended up admitting they stole the bike and were taken to Shoreham Police Station where they further admitted that they were riding it to London!
A local laundry was said to be carrying out a very big contract for the soldiers’ washing at Shoreham Camp. A new machine has been installed at a cost of £250, and the premises extended to cope with the extra work.
Two matches took place between a Ladies team and a Soldiers team on Thursday and Saturday evening. In the first match the Ladies faced “the Buffs from Shoreham Camp”, which ended in a two nil defeat for the ladies. However, on the Saturday match The Dome Ladies were triumphant against the Fourteenth Fusiliers from Shoreham Camp by a solitary goal.
At Connaught Hall a Whist Drive and Military Dance took place, with prizes for the winners such as; a cut-glass scent bottle, a silver photo frame, a smoker’s companion, and many more. However, the proposed football match on the Aerodrome between Soldiers from Eastern Command Depot and the Royal Flying Corps was postponed due to frozen conditions on the ground.
Check out the full story from the Worthing Gazette:
Starting on February 14th the ‘Training for War’ project will be posting 4 blogs a month featuring stories from the local newspapers about events that day during World War One.
Each story is linked to the soldiers of Shoreham Army Camp and will go out on a different four days each month. To find out instantly when the next post has gone up follow our project on the Worthing Museum Twitter and Facebook.
On Wednesday morning the Worthing College Creative Media Production students visited us at Worthing Museum. We were also joined by four of our older volunteers who joined the project in October as researchers.
The purpose of the day was to introduce WWI items from Worthing Museum’s stores and brainstorm storm ideas for next year.
Gail introduced a selection of posters and postcards from the museum stores that provide context and reveal stories about life outside the camp.
For example the regular concerts in Worthing performed by Canadians and British regiments many of whom were stationed at Shoreham Camp. The postcards offered images of men at the army camp, satirical cartoons and a few personal messages.
Hamish brought out a delightful collection of toy soldiers made during the war and an original Sussex Regiment uniform. There was also a trench periscope used to peer over the top of a trench out into no man’s land and a training round for use on the rifle ranges.
The toys included a bell tent. The first recruits who stayed in Shoreham stayed in these type of tents until huts were constructed.
The students and volunteers had plenty to discuss and were soon putting their heads together. The students focussed on their chosen film topics and our older volunteers offered their advice and insight as experienced researchers.
We are looking forward to see how the films are shaping up in the New Year. The final films will feature next year in our project exhibition and on a new website. So keep your eyes peeled for upcoming event dates early next year.
A collaboration with Worthing Museum, Worthing College and other partners.