Chiltern Open Air Museum will be commemorating World War One with a special Meet the Tommies event. At the event there will be WWI re-enactors showing how the Tommies would relax on the home front and what weapons and kit they used when fighting. Nurse and chaplain re-enactors will demonstrate how they supported the troops on the front line and back home. There will also be a replica WWI single seater pusher biplane – the first true British fighter aircraft!During the weekend event there will be an opportunity to watch a play about Walter Harvey Hallam, an ordinary man cast into extraordinary circumstances. Walter volunteered for military service in 1915 and was on the front as the horror of WWI unfolded. Performances will be held at 2pm and 4pm.Visitors can take part in a poppy trail, dress up in WWI officer and nurse costumes, visit the Museum’s Dig for Victory allotment and explore the 1940s post war prefab house.The event is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to rebuild a WWI Nissen hut on the Museum site to commemorate WWI in the Chilterns and to tell the stories of local war heroes. The Nissen hut’s construction is underway and you can see the hut under construction and chat to members of the Museum team about the project.
WWI Nissen hutJust over a year a go the Museum launched a campaign to find a WWI Nissen hut to complement the WWII Nissen hut already on site. The campaign was launched on social media and we were lucky enough to be given two Nissen huts! One of the WWI Nissen huts is currently being restored behind the scenes and will begin to be reconstructed on site throughout 2018. We hope a lot of the Nissen hut will be reconstructed and in position onsite for this event. It will be positioned next to the WWII Nissen hut, in a line like Nissen huts of the time often were. Our team of volunteers have been busy collecting local WWI stories that will form part of the Nissen hut’s interpretation once it is completed. The third Nissen hut will be reconstructed at a later date with the intention of being used to provide additional visitor services on site.
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