Mid Devon at War: Tiverton Museum recalls the home front in the First World War

By Robin Valentine | 27 June 2014

Tiverton Museum explores how the bucolic idyll of Mid-Devon was affected by the First World War

A group of 20 women and a dog in WW1
Labourers in the Women's Land Army© Tiverton Museum
This wonderful image depicts twenty of the hard-working labourers of the Women’s Land Army, and their dog, lined up for a rare group photograph.

It’s one of many pictures and objects on display at Mid Devon at War, a new temporary exhibition at the Tiverton Museum celebrating the area’s contribution to the First World War.

Food and labour shortages led to the women of Tiverton joining the agricultural workforce, as in many other parts of the country.

The situation was so desperate that unused portions of the local cemetery were used to grow potatoes.

Further strain was put on the area when it provided a base for British soldiers, and to Belgian refugees fleeing the fighting.

In the centenary year of the start of the Great War, Mid Devon at War commemorates the county's war effort as part of a series of remembrance events.

Tiverton Museum has previously collaborated with the BBC on two of the World War One at Home programmes, and earlier this month hosted a sold-out talk by local historian and author Mike Sampson.

The exhibition will run until September 9 2014. Entry is £1 for adults and free for accompanying children.

A group of soldiers lined up in town
Soldiers from the Devonshire Regiment on Angel Hill© Tiverton Museum
A heart-shaped pin cushion
A sweetheart pin cushion that was sent back home to Mid Devon by Charles Clatworthy who served in the Devonshire Regiment© Tiverton Museum

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