Project in Chester to help remember Great War


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A CELEBRATION of the Mabel’s War project is taking place in Chester.

The event on Saturday, March 29 at St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s Hill, will include a performance by a drama group.

The project was inspired by the 100-year-old notebooks of Mabel Harriet Earp, a volunteer nurse who collected stories, poems, letters and drawings from the soldiers she cared for in the First World War.

Mabel was born in October 1879 in Runcorn. She was one of five children.

The performance will be followed by a chance to see some of the work created as part of the wider Mabel’s War project, including scrap books created by school children and poetry and art created by students from West Cheshire College.

These are all inspired by Mabel’s notebooks.

There will be Great War inspired nibbles and free entry to the Cheshire Military Museum, Chester, to see the Mabel’s War display.

Mabel’s War is a partnership project with the museum, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Grosvenor Museum and Minerva Arts, that started at the beginning of January.

The free drama workshops, for children aged seven to 11 took place at the military museum, run by artistic director Steph Brocken from Minerva Arts.

She said: “The children have worked really hard on the Mabel’s War drama project and this celebration event offers an opportunity to see what they have produced. It has been exciting to see how the drama project developed each week and to be able to use the fascinating story of Mabel and her 100-year-old notebooks.”

The Mabel’s War digital exhibition can be viewed at  the military museum from March 28 to June 3.

On Thursday, April 17, there will be a talk on Mabel and the project. In the Easter holidays families will have the opportunity to be inspired and draw like Mabel.

All events take place at the Cheshire Military Museum.

Mabel’s War is part of the Cheshire’s Great War Stories, commemorating the centenary of the Great War.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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