Did you know that Pershore Plums helped win the First World War?
… that more child labourers were employed for the War Effort in the Vale than anywhere else?
Or that Viscountess Deerhurst, daughter-in-law of George, 9th Earl of Coventry, was one of the founders of both Pershore WI and the Women’s Land Army?
These are just a few of the stories which we have discovered about the WW1 Home Front in the Vales of Evesham and Pershore. There are many more to tell since, during the war years, the area contributed to the war effort through its fundraising, small-scale agriculture, convalescent hospitals, fruit growing, Belgian refugees, German POWs, land girls, child labourers and the daily lives and efforts of local families and volunteers.
Volunteers from Pershore WI, Pershore History & Heritage Society, NT Croome and Pershore U3A are working together with Professor Maggie Andrews from the University of Worcester, and a range of artists, historians, and cooks, to find just how the Pershore Plum Won the War.
This blog is a record of our findings and events. Follow us to keep up to date with the latest news.
World War One in the Vale is a programe of community heritage research being led by the University of Worcester: AHRC: Voices of War & Peace WW1 Engagement Centre, partner to Worcestershire WW100.
It is supported by funding from AHRC: Voices of War & Peace WW1 Engagement Centre and Wychavon District Council.