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Exhibition and upcoming events

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:

NADFAS volunteer creating our boxing dummy.
NADFAS volunteer creating our boxing dummy.
Volunteers install objects for the exhibition.
Volunteers install objects for the exhibition.

The open day was well-attended with around 60-70 guests including many of our volunteers, partners and supporters.  

Open day visitors

Visitors on the open day explore the exhibits.
Visitors on the open day explore the exhibits.
Project coordinator recruited by Gary Baines, Shoreham Fort!
Project coordinator recruited by Gary Baines, Shoreham Fort!

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.

The Mayor's speech.
The Mayor’s speech.

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.

Our events

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.

There will be further details updated on the Worthing Museum events page soon.

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On This Day 1917: Picturedome screenings of convalescent Colonials doing gymnastic exercises at Shoreham Camp

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.

1911 Postcard. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.
1911 Postcard. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

 

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

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(Worthing Gazette, 25/04/1915)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

On This Day 1916: More Rink hockey at the dome!

An exciting hockey match at Brighton Dome between one of the Nolfolk Battalions stationed at Shoreham camp and The Dome.

It was a vigorous match with a score of 3 all by half time. But the tables were turned in the second half by an outstanding further 3 goals from the Dome civilians who won the match 6 to 3.

1909 Postcard. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
1909 Postcard. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

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(Worthing Gazette, 19/04/1915)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

On This Day 1917: Two youths from Shoreham Camp steal tricycle from shed of a Worthing resident

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!

 

Tricycle. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Tricycle.
Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

 

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_28.3.1917

 (Worthing Gazette, 28/3/17)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

On This Day in Shoreham Army Camp 1917: Local Laundry reported to have installed £250 machine to cope with washing from the camp.

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.

Laundry the old-fashioned way. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.
Laundry the old-fashioned way.
Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_14.3.1917

(Worthing Gazette, 14/3/17)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

On This Day 1916: Ladies vs. Soldiers rink Hockey match at the Dome, who won?

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.

War illustrated 21st July  1917 p489. Courtesy of Worthing Museum
War illustrated 21st July 1917 p489. Courtesy of Worthing Museum

 

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_23.2.1916

 (Worthing Gazette, 23/2/16)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk 

 

On This Day 1917: Valentine’s Day was celebrated slightly differently . . .

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.

Postcard courtesy of Worthing Museum
Postcard courtesy of Worthing Museum

Check out the full story from the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_14.2.1917

(Worthing Gazette, 14th Feb 1917)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

‘On This Day’ stories coming soon

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.

Image Courtesy of Worthing Museum
Image Courtesy of Worthing Museum

 

Students and volunteers put their heads together

Wednesday 5th November :

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.

1a. Posters (1)

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.

4a.Military horses (1)

 

 

 

 

The toys included a bell tent. The first recruits who stayed in Shoreham stayed in these type of tents until huts were constructed.

3a.Toy soldiers (1)

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.

5a.Vols and students (1)

7a. Student & vol (1)

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.