Remembering WWI camp after 100 years

Heritage Officer Katherine Buckland SUS-150319-064753001
Heritage Officer Katherine Buckland SUS-150319-064753001

The Redoubt Fortress will be hosting a number of special events on Wednesday, April 8 to mark 100 years since Summerdown Camp received its first wounded soldier.

The camp, nestled next to the Downs in Eastbourne, was the largest convalescent camp in the United Kingdom during the throes of World War One.

Soldiers found health and strength through the pioneering medical treatments at the camp, including innovative occupational therapies.

A commemorative event exploring the daily life of wounded soldiers and women working at the camp will take place on April 8 from 11am – 3pm. Visitors can try basket making and embroidery, two of the vital therapies undertaken at Summerdown Camp.

Guided tours of the exhibition and short talks from relatives of the soldiers convalescing at the camp will happen throughout the event.

Visitors will also get the chance to discuss First World War physiotherapy with a masseuse from the Military Massage Corps, try on a blue boy’s uniform, decode the soldiers slang and listen to a soldier at Summerdown Camp recovering from a horrific gas attack, among other things.

This event is held at The Pavilion next to The Redoubt. For further details see www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.