A commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day
A mixture of uniforms from the WVS and the FANYS (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry), two items of Land Girl clothing, a fine wool day dress, a ‘parachute silk’ blouse, a WW2 Red Cross apron and some very roomy cotton bloomers. Ration books and identity cards helped to set the scene. Local photographs add to the sense of history, as there are several views of Henfield High Street taken on VE Day itself, 8th May 1945. A splendid photograph captures nurses and the Women’s Land Army marching up the High Street on this day. I wonder if the Land Army uniform in the case was being worn in the picture? Typically for our wonderful museum collection, I have been able to include a copy of the Parish magazine from June 1945 detailing the VE Day celebrations in Henfield. This is the essence of Henfield Museum. The clothes, the photographs and the community records were all there to be enjoyed by us 75 years later.
Curator of Costume