Our display is extensive and varied; the tented area alone covering over 300 square feet.
The display is not a museum, with the exception of instruments which are ‘sharp’, or other fragile items, we often encourage people to handle or touch items so people can fully appreciate them.
The display is not solely restricted to the British Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD); the display comprises of medical tools and equipment, and numerous everyday items from the 'home front'; and of course, we must not forget Fred!
Display items ranges in size and variety from surgical sewing needles to a bicycle.
The vintage ‘wind up’ gramophone adds a touch of ambience, playing well know 78rpm records of the period.
With 100's of items on show, the display attracts a lot of interest from all age groups.
Fred is our 'in-patient' casualty; he has literally been in the wars.
Fred is a particular hit with children who frequently return during the day to see how he's progressing.
Every effort is made to ensure all clothing and dispaly items are genuine or look authentic to the 1940's period.
Both young and old enjoy sitting in the wheelchair or lifting the wooden stretchers.
The success of programs like the cbbc ‘Horrible Histories’ is a good indication of how children are drawn to the slightly gory aspects of history. The display is not a horror show; it is intended to provide a valuable and educational insight into the VAD and the 1940's period.
Our display is designed to be interactive.
We always endeavor to remain 'in character' to add to the atmosphere and make it a ‘living history’ event.