During The Throes Of War - The Directory Group

During the throes of war

Life on Hayling Island during the First World War takes centre stage in a fascinating exhibition at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant.

Created by Hayling Island University of the Third Age (U3A), the exhibition features timeline banners that contrast world events and life at the war front with day-to-day life on Hayling Island at the time.

The U3A have also arranged for a brass plaque to be installed in St Mary’s Church on Hayling Island containing the names of those not already commemorated on the war memorial, and have presented the information in a book, ‘The Life and Times of Hayling Island 1914–1919’.

Photographs on display include scenes of farming and rural life, local volunteers on parade and a picture of the Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital at Nos 7 and 8 The Crescent, which was lent to the Army Medical Service by the family who owned the large house, in response to an appeal from the Government.

There are also images depicting the contribution of women to the war effort, when they were employed in occupations which had always been considered the exclusive preserve of men.

The exhibition will be at The Spring’s Mezzanine Gallery until Friday 1st April, and is free to view.

It is open during the museum’s standard opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 10am-5.30pm, Wednesday to Friday 10am-7pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm.

To find out more, call 023 9224 9065 or visit www.thespring.co.uk

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley