Museum staff are looking forward to an exciting event on 8th November when former BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie will give a talk at Dorset County Museum.
Kate Adie will speak on the subject of Dorset and the Home Front, World War I. The talk will be based on her new book about women in the First World War with specific reference to Dorset women such as Mabel Stobart. Afterwards she will sign copies of her new book, Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One.
This event forms part of the forthcoming centenary commemorations of the start of the First World War. Next summer the Museum’s main exhibition is based upon the wartime experiences of a Dorset woman, Mabel Stobart. Mrs Mabel St Clair Stobart, founder of the Women’s Sick and Wounded Convoy Corps (1912) and the Women’s National Service League (1914) was a supporter of women’s suffrage before the First World War. When the war broke out, she set up a field hospital in Belgium, risking capture by the advancing German forces. Subsequently, with a commissioned rank of major, she served on the Balkan Front where she commanded the Serbian Relief Fund’s Front Line Field Hospital. During the retreat of the Serbian Army in 1915, she and her team of female doctors and nurses accompanied them, providing continual medical support and relief.
“We are delighted to have Kate Adie coming to speak at the Museum,” said Museum Director Jon Murden. “Such a highly respected news correspondent will draw a good audience, and give us an opportunity to welcome people who might not normally come to events in Dorchester. We know she will be hugely popular and her talk will introduce the subject of next year’s summer exhibition, Mabel Stobart, a truly inspirational Dorset woman.“
The talk is free of charge but a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs. As the event is likely to be very popular, seats will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. Everyone is welcome to stay behind afterwards if they wish to buy a signed copy of Kate Adie’s new book. Doors open at 7.00 pm and the talk will commence at 7.30pm. For further information please see www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.