1 August 2018 – 23 September 2018 – First World War Women of Norfolk: On Active Service
26 September 2018 – 2 December 2018– King’s Lynn and the First World War
5 December 2018 – 20 January 2019 – ‘The 800 Quilt’ by the Samphire Quilters
All Autumn Talks are free of charge and are at King’s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ
21 August 2018, 11.00-12noon – “Doing their bit”
Join historian, Neil Storey as he tells the story of the many roles the women of Norfolk performed during the First World War; be it on the Home Front or in uniform, from factory workers to shop girls, post women to nurses, theirs is a poignant, powerful and often moving story not to be missed. Neil is also bringing handling objects to the talk.
11 September 2018, 11.00-12noon – “Narborough Women”
Join Daryl Long for the the untold and unfinished story of the women who joined the WRAF and worked at Narborough Aerodrome in the First World War. It is a story of life-changing experiences for many and great sacrifices for a few.
20 September 2018, 11.00-12noon – “Leaves from Honor Elwes’ Diary”
The stories of Honor Elwes’ friends, relations and those at the front shared by Juliet Webster.
Honor Elwes was born in Congham, near Kings Lynn and lived all her life in Norfolk, of which she was passionately fond. Honor’s childhood and upbringing was that with a background of the traditional country house. Her dream was to be a traveller and in later life she did visit Ceylon and went hunting rare plants in the Pyrenees.
Overshadowed by her younger sister Win who left home in 1914 to drive ambulances for the Red Cross, Honor who had suffered muscular disorders from birth, remained at home with her widowed mother.
From 1914-1918 Honor kept a diary following the events of the First World War daily on all fronts whilst also recording what befell her friends, neighbours and relations. Honor was also a member of the British Red Cross and helped her cousins at Westacre High House making hospital supplies.
Honor’s enthusiasm for living a life as full as she was able was passed on to generations of her family and other Norfolk children. A great Girl Guider, she became a popular County Commissioner and encouraged country pursuits of every sort. Those who knew her loved her dearly.
2 October 2018, 6.30pm-7.30pm – “Letters Home” by Time Will Tell
In 1914 for most people the only way to communicate with absent friends was by letter or telegram. The post office enabled this to happen across an Empire.
As the Great War began post office workers flocked to enlist. They formed their own battalions, The Post Office Rifles, they trained and were shipped over seas into the maelstrom of ‘the Front’. In the stalemate of trench warfare letters to and from home were a vital ingredient in maintaining moral. But with the men off fighting and its workload growing day-to-day how would the post office cope?
‘Letters Home’ tells the extraordinary story of what happened – ‘men to the trenches, women to the benches’ – how women played a vital role in keeping the post moving and the largest wooden structure in Europe was built in Regents Park to make sure that letters, bearing good news and bad, got to their destination. Using original letters and eyewitness accounts ‘Letters Home’ commemorates a day-to-day story of ordinary heroism.
16 October 2018, 6.30pm-7.30pm – The War Memorial
Join Trainee Archivist, Luke Shackell, as he talks about the slightly troubled start to creating the monument in Tower Gardens. Learn how the issues were overcome and enabled the project to produce the Roll of Honour, a book that records details about the lives of many of those who were lost in the First World War.