Pump House. Hospital in World War I
Lord Faringdon’s grandmother, Lady Violet Henderson, became a registered Red Cross member in 1907 while nursing her husband, brother, father and uncle, who had been wounded in the Boer War of 1899-1902. With the onset of war, she offered The Pump House in Faringdon to the Joint War Committee as an Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital. Within months, it had run out of space and had moved to her home, Kitemore House at Shellingford, where she and many others cared for over 242 wounded ‘inmates’ over the next 11 months.
Museum exhibition to open in Faringdon
A new exhibition ‘Hospital: Faringdon’s Pump House in WWI’ will open in the Pump House, Faringdon, on August 17th, 2018.
The exhibition will feature previously unseen items from Lord Faringdon’s personal collection, which have been in storage at Buscot Park. His grandmother, Lady Violet Henderson, was a registered nurse caring for her husband, brother, father and uncle, who had been wounded in the Boer War (1899-1902). With the onset of war, she took the decision to set up an Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital at her home, Kitemore House at Shellingford, where she and four nurses cared for wounded ‘inmates’. The hospital was transferred to The Pump House in Faringdon during the First World War.
Sally Thurston, Clerk to Faringdon Town Council, says ‘the Town Council are very excited to be working with Buscot Park and The Company Curator to develop this museum exhibition in the centre of Faringdon. Our residents have long wanted to see a dedicated museum, that celebrates Faringdon’s rich and diverse history. This will be the first step in realising that ambition.’
The exhibition is being curated by Faith Carpenter, Director of The Company Curator, with the support of Faringdon Town Council and Buscot Park Estate.
Faith would like to involve local residents and to show stories and items with local importance. “We are asking anyone who has items connected with Faringdon’s hospital in WW1 if they would like to lend them to have them displayed, or to tell us their stories to see if they would be suitable for featuring in the exhibition. It will be lovely to be able to show items from Faringdon in the exhibition and to tell the stories of those involved.”
If you have a story, photograph or an item connected with the Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals at the Pump House in Faringdon or Kitemore, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition will run from August 18th, 2018 for approximately six months.
Director, The Company Curator