Search

Wymondham Heritage Museum to host special exhibition on the ‘friendly invasion’

15:40 21 June 2012

A ward at Morley Hospital during the second world war. One of the images going on display at Wymondham Heritage Museum.

A ward at Morley Hospital during the second world war. One of the images going on display at Wymondham Heritage Museum.

Archant

Wymondham Heritage Museum is set to host a special exhibition of photographs and memorabilia to mark the 70th anniversary of the ‘Friendly invasion’ in Norfolk.

On July 6, the American Connections project will be launched to mark the anniversary of the Americans’ arrival during the second world war.

The heritage museum exhibition tells the story of the Americans around Wymondham between 1942 and 1945 and their bases at Hethel, Deopham and Old Buckenham.

It looks at the impact of all those ‘new faces’ on Wymondham and Morley, highlighting the links between D Day and Wymondham station and the hospital at Morley.

The villages of Morley, near Wymondham, and Redgrave, near Diss, have their own connections as both were home to American Army hospitals. They catered for the personnel of the 15 heavy bomber bases in Norfolk and north Suffolk, a fighter group and affiliated ground troops.

In September 1943, the 77th Station Hospital took over new buildings on the golf course in the grounds of Morley Hall, a country house built in 1841/42.

The next month the newly arrived 231st Station Hospital occupied a site in the grounds of Redgrave Hall, a former deer park and Tudor mansion rebuilt in 1770.

In March 1944, the 231st moved to Morley and Redgrave Park became the 65th general hospital which catered for severely wounded men needing long-term care. The new drug penicillin was trailed at the Morley and Redgrave hospitals.

The heritage museum at the Bridewell in Wymondham is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

0 comments

Other news

Yesterday, 09:35
Outside the new Chocolate Factory Shop in Fakenham is Sarah Ramm. Picture: Ian Burt

A confectioner will be hoping that a move of premises will give them the sweet taste of success.

Yesterday, 08:58
Glad Richards sits on the new bench in Fakenham, in memory of her husband Jack Richards who died earlier this year. Picture: Ian Burt

A memorial to Norfolk’s king of the road has been unveiled.

Mon, 15:34
My Year With Hares by Martin Haywood Smith

Martin Hayward Smith has worked all over the world from the steamy jungles of the Amazon to hot sun of the desert, but his latest book follows his journey through the fields of North Norfolk.

Mon, 15:17
Dr Wendy Thomson, managing director of Norfolk County Council. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Councillors have given their strongest indication yet that they are not prepared to increase council tax in Norfolk after throwing out a suggestion that bills should rise by 1.99pc next year.

Most read

Yesterday, 09:35
Outside the new Chocolate Factory Shop in Fakenham is Sarah Ramm. Picture: Ian Burt

A confectioner will be hoping that a move of premises will give them the sweet taste of success.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:58
Glad Richards sits on the new bench in Fakenham, in memory of her husband Jack Richards who died earlier this year. Picture: Ian Burt

A memorial to Norfolk’s king of the road has been unveiled.

Read more
Mon, 14:15

Witnesses are being sought by police after a burglary at a derelict building in a village.

Read more
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Fakenham fireworks display last year.

Fakenham’s fireworks extravaganza will not go ahead this year, organisers have confirmed.

Read more
Mon, 15:34
My Year With Hares by Martin Haywood Smith

Martin Hayward Smith has worked all over the world from the steamy jungles of the Amazon to hot sun of the desert, but his latest book follows his journey through the fields of North Norfolk.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition