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Exhibition honours women who volunteered at Hoveton Hall during the First World War

PUBLISHED: 10:12 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 November 2017

Staff of Hoveton Hall Auxiliary War Hospital in the First World War. Image courtesy of Neil Storey Archive

Staff of Hoveton Hall Auxiliary War Hospital in the First World War. Image courtesy of Neil Storey Archive

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Women who volunteered at a Regency-era north Norfolk hall during the First World War will be celebrated as part of a new exhibition.

Hoveton Hall, built 1809-1812, was opened as a Red Cross auxiliary hospital in February 1916, and it operated thanks to at least 16 women who volunteered for nursing and general duties over the following three years. They also organised collections of items including cigarettes, handkerchiefs, socks, mittens, sleeping helmets and eggs donated for servicemen at the front.

Among Hoveton Hall’s volunteers was Annie Easton, an infant teacher at Neatishead School who felt compelled to act after two of her four brothers were killed in action. The women’s story will be part of an exhibition called ‘On Active Service’ which looks at the wider history of Norfolk women in the war.

The exhibition will be at the Norwich Forum from November 4 to November 19.

The First World War Women of Norfolk on Active Service exhibition is part of a three-year project by The Forum. The project, called Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice, was made possible by £90,000 awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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