In January the Military Museum and the Grosvenor Museum began the Mabel’s War project. The project aims to use scrapbooks put together by Mabel Earp, a volunteer World War I nurse. Mabel collected the thoughts, poems and drawings of the soldiers she looked after during her time as a volunteer nurse one hundred years ago. These unique scrapbooks will act as the inspiration for different creative responses from a variety of local groups. These include Manley Primary School, a primary school aged theatre group, an adult literacy group and a Health and Social Care group.
The first session took place in January with a local Cheshire School, Manley Primary School. The morning was spent using evidence to build up a picture of Mabel and her life. The children used Mabel’s pictures and documents to learn all about her and her role as a volunteer nurse. They also used extracts from her scrapbooks to see what kind of things Mabel collected whilst working as a volunteer nurse. The children seemed fascinated with the documents in both sessions and really enjoyed finding out about her in a detective type way! They also found out what the soldiers thought of her through the kind comments in the scrapbook. In the afternoon the children were set the task to create their own scrapbooks which they will fill with comments and pictures from their own life over the next few months. They started the process by creating a first page filled with their own pictures and poems inspired by the things they had found most interesting from the Mabel session that morning.