Seale Hayne History in Action
Last weekend we attended our inaugural event of the year. We were displaying our First World War impression to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of Seale Hayne becoming a military hospital.
Seale-Hayne College was an agricultural college in Devon, England, which operated from 1919 to 2005. It was the only agricultural college in the United Kingdom whose buildings were purpose designed and built.
The college was established in accordance with the will of Charles Seale Hayne (1833-1903), a Liberal politician who was a Devon land-owner. The college was built between 1912 and 1914, but its opening was delayed by the start of the First World War. During the war it served as a training centre for Land Girls, and in 1918 and 1919 it operated as a military neurasthenic hospital for the treatment of soldiers suffering from shell shock.
As a group we set up a trench display, advanced first aid post and a rear lines living area with stables for horses.
We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the re-introduction to the world of living history. Hopefully we raised some money for the the Royal British Legion and the charity that now runs Seale Hayne, Dame Hannah Rodgers Charity.
Looking forward to showing off our WW1 equipment and uniforms to more of the public throughout the coming year.