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Women of The Great War

The New Cavendish Club,

44 Great Cumberland Place

London, W1H 7BS

Underground: Marble Arch

Do you have a female relative who served in the First World War as a nurse, in the Voluntary Aid Detachment or in the Ambulance corps?

Bring your stories to contribute to Age Exchange’s Children of the Great War project; our London-wide project involves our expert team of interviewers and digital archivists from Age Exchange and The University of Oxford recording your story and photographing the memorabilia, letters, photographs or other artefacts which survive from their time in service. As millions of people around the world come together celebrating the achievements of women and their roles in fighting for justice, we are collecting the legacies of our predecessors as we contemplate  the achievements of ordinary women, coinciding with the 100th year since the outbreak of War.

Why The New Cavendish Club?

The VAD ladies’ club - now the New  Cavendish Club - was founded in 1920 by Lady Ampthill - who had been Chairwoman of the Joint Women's VAD Department of the Order of St. John and the British Red Cross Society. It was created as a sanctuary and meeting place for those who had served with Voluntary Aid Detachments during the First World War providing welfare services to the sick and wounded at home at overseas.

The Nursing Memorial Appeal

 At the Open Day you can also find out more about the Nursing Memorial Appeal. The appeal has been set up in order to build a memorial to all nurses killed in both World Wars and to advance the education of nurses by providing a scholarship to enable them to study particular aspects of conflict and humanitarian aid. The New Cavendish Club was the London home of VADs.

You can support the Appeal by sending a cheque payable to ‘The Nursing Memorial Appeal’ to Sonja Curtis at The New Cavendish Club Telephone 020 7723 0391 Email sonja@newcavendishclub.co.uk

What will happen to your First World War family story?

Age Exchange is creating exhibitions and a new play to premiere in London August 2014. Stories will be entered into the Europeana 1914-18 international online archive. The project is supported by the expertise of the University of Oxford.

The event is FREE. Booking essential. To book a 30 minute slot or for more information, contact:

 David Savill, Artistic Director, Age Exchange

Telephone: 020 8318 9105

Email: david.savill@age-exchange.org.uk  


Information about Children of the Great War

Email: greatwar@age-exchange.org.uk   

 Facebook: Children of The Great War at Age Exchange

 Twitter: @YourGreatWar






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