Published on 17th May 2018

Cheltenham Remembers logo by Hills Design

The exhibition runs at the Parabola Arts Centre until Friday 25 May: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm; Saturday 10-12.30pm, Sunday closed.

As part of the ‘Cheltenham Remembers’ programme, Cheltenham Ladies’ College is hosting a free exhibition to tell the story of the contribution of the staff and pupils of the college to the war effort, both on the home front and on the front line.

It includes a recreated ward from St Martin’s VAD Hospital, which was set up by the College in central Cheltenham to car for wounded soldiers. The exhibition also focusses on the lasting effects that war had on female emancipation and the increased participation of women in the work place.

Rachel Roberts, college archivist for Cheltenham Ladies College, says: “We have been delighted by the enthusiastic assistance of our student archive volunteers. Their research has helped build a clearer picture of the true impact of the First World War on the families and post-war lives of that blighted generation.

“Our work is continuing with the hope of finding as much information as possible, and the ambition of creating an online archive for researchers and to honour the sacrifices of the First World War generation.

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles at Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “The VAD wards in Cheltenham did amazing work. They pulled through thousands who might well have died. I am very pleased that the Ladies' College has showcased the tremendous effort that VAD nurses contributed. 

“It is pleasing also that the contribution of Cheltenham's women and girls is recognised.”

For more information about this and other events included in the Cheltenham Remembers WW1 commemoration project go to the Cheltenham Remembers website

For media enquiries, contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email

For further information on the exhibition, contact: Rachel Roberts, College Archivist, telephone 01242 520691, email

Find the Parabola Arts Centre at 10 Parabola Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3AA.

Entry to the exhibition is free.