Posts by venue: Military History

The Service Women of WWII – by Hannah Mather, Customer Service Assistant and Volunteer

During the warmer months, the spotlight shone on the women working in agriculture, in place of the men that were now serving in the military. The Women’s Land Army was featured on the covers of Woman magazine with issues like… Read more

Corporal Ian Forsyth and the Liberation of Belsen – by David Weatherstone, Assistant Outreach Officer: Charge! England’s Northern Cavalry

‘There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.’ Fleet Admiral William Halsey, United States Navy When researching this month’s blog I was drawn to the idea of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary… Read more

Herbert George Columbine VC – by David Weatherstone, Assistant Outreach Officer

The last three and a half years or so have seen many events commemorating the centenary of The Great War and of battles and great events associated with it. The sheer weight of numbers means that many other actions and… Read more

Chamberlayne’s Shako by David Weatherstone, Assistant Outreach Officer

A new gallery, Charge! The Story of England’s Northern Cavalry, opened at Discovery Museum on 21 October 2017.  The Gallery gathers together the collections of the antecedent regiments of The Light Dragoons and also tells the continuing story of the Northumberland… Read more

‘Shields Lass’ to ‘Land Girl’ – guest post by placement student Christina Hamilton

During my time at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery as a history volunteer, I have come across some wonderful items. My favourite item was a Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps badge for a woman named Frances Blackburn (nee… Read more