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Teas & Talks – “Hospital Blues”: Nursing in Dorset during the First World War

Monday, March 11, 2024

During the First World War, an estimated 60,000 volunteers served with the British Red Cross Society throughout Britain, providing much-needed support in caring for sick and wounded servicemen returning from the Front. This talk explores the pivotal role played by Voluntary Aid Detachments in Dorset during the Great War and how their remarkable contributions were sustained largely through the efforts of female voluntary labour.

Luke Mouland is a freelance genealogist and research consultant based near Sherborne. He founded Kith & Kin Research in 2010 to help people discover more about their family histories and, since then, has undertaken consultancy work for a range of clients, including probate solicitors, authors and the BBC’s hit TV series Who Do You Think You Are? Luke writes and speaks regularly on topics of local and social history and is the current Chair of Trustees at Sherborne Museum.


The talk will be held in Hope United Reformed Church at 8 Trinity Street.  Tea & biscuits will be served from 2pm and the talk will begin at 2.30pm.

Tickets will be available on the door and are £2.00 for members of the Friends and £3.00 for visitors. (Exact change would be appreciated, if possible).


  • Organizer Name: Friends of Weymouth Museum
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  • Type: Museum Talk
  • Time: March 11, 2024 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Venue:Hope Church, Trinity Street, Weymouth DT4 8TW
  • Duration:90 minutes

The new entrance facilities were only made possible through an emergency fund from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We have also benefitted from the active support of The Friends of Weymouth Museum.