A Historic Visit to the Royal Hospital

3rd April 2019

Last weekend’s multimedia exhibition: From the World War I Battlefields and Into the Peace saw visitors from all over Britain, including the Isle of Wight.

The history exhibition was a partnership between The Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Royal Parks, Royal Parks Guild and the 10th Essex Living History Group and remembers the experience of war through original artefacts, images and original artwork.

The exhibition was a great success, with more than 750 visitors attending over the three days. Among the visitors were 14 primary and 4 secondary school pupils who made the lengthy journey from the Bay CE School in the Isle of Wight.

Nicola Taylor, teacher at The Bay CE School, said: “We collectively celebrated the part our school has played in the Project and met the artist, Chelsea Pensioner Rick Graham, whose painting was a highlight of the exhibition. Every time I have the privilege to take the Community Kids on a trip I feel nothing can surpass what has gone before! Osborne House, Royal Hampton Court, Brompton Cemetery... but The Royal Hospital Chelsea was a truly memorable day!” 

The children presented framed letters from the High Sheriff and Sandown Town Council which thanks the Chelsea Pensioners for the community initiatives they have been involved in. The children also handed a framed school logo and Chelsea Pensioner logo which will go on display in the Hospital.

Chelsea Pensioner Barry Davey grew up on the Isle of Wight and movingly spoke to the Community Kids. "Your visit from the Isle of Wight has brought my home place back to me. You have made my day!” said Barry.

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