Over two sessions The Grosvenor Museum, the Military Museum and artist Juliet Staines worked with students from West Cheshire’s College’s Health and Social care group as part of the Mabel’s War project. During the first sessions students wrote down the key qualities they felt they had and needed in their care roles.
They then had a chance to find out all about Mabel, her life, her note books and her role as a volunteer nurse during World War I. They were asked to compare the qualities they had with those they felt Mabel would have needed in her role as a volunteer nurse. They wrote down words which described these qualities and picked the pages from the scrapbooks they found most interesting.
In the second week each student (and tutor) involved was encouraged to develop a small piece of artwork on one page of paper combining both Mabel’s experiences of nursing and health care with their own personal health care experiences using mixed media and stitch.
Following the session the artwork pages were joined together to form a group piece which will form part of the Mabel’s War display at the Military Museum.