Voices from the First World War – Heroes of Adventure

This weekend we were lucky enough to be visited by Margaret (Susan) Fowler, the daughter of Helen Greg who features in our new exhibition Heroes of Adventure.

Margaret provided us with an invaluable oral history interview, as well as loaning us boxes of letters, postcards and photographs of the Greg siblings; Arthur, Bobby, Madge and Helen.

Helen was a VAD nurse in WW1. Her daughter Margaret provided us with an invaluable oral history interview
Helen Greg was a VAD nurse in WW1. Her daughter Margaret provided us with an invaluable oral history interview

She and several other members of the family came to see Heroes of Adventure, and to listen to a talk given by Ally introducing the exhibition and giving some background to our research. Ally and I breathed a sigh of relief when Margaret and her daughters thanked the team behind the exhibition for doing their ancestor’s story justice, which had always been our main aim.

The exhibition is already proving really popular, but for those of you who I know are scattered far and wide across the world (and of course still for those of you in the UK), you can listen to clips of not just Margaret’s oral history, but also those of the villagers who share their experience of the War in Styal: https://audioboo.fm/playlists/1255500-heroes-of-adventure

There are some truly fantastic stories hidden within these oral histories, as well as some deeply harrowing tales, all of which provide us a unique insight into life at Quarry Bank during the First World War.

A huge thanks must be said to our Oral History Intern, Sarah, for putting the playlist together.

Laura

 

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