St Albans: Life on the Home Front, 1914-1918

Mon, 7 November 2016 - Wed, 16 November 2016

This exhibition by the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society includes photographs, maps and research featured in the book “St Albans, Life on the Home Front, 1914-1918” written by members of the Society and published by University of Hertfordshire Press on 1st September 2016. 

On Remembrance Sunday, 13 November, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm, Sarah Keeling of St Albans Museums will be joining members of the Society to display for the first time a military sun helmet recently acquired by the museum. It was produced by E. Day & Co. of Marlborough Road, St Albans, in 1918.

In 1914 Day's was the largest of the 10 straw hat manufacturers in St Albans, producing straw bonnets and boaters. In 1915 they made 100,000 straw helmets for the Army (of which two are known), and then developed an innovative assembly line for cork helmets. This is the only known example of the 650,000 cork helmets they claimed to have made for the Army.

Opening Times:

Monday 7th November: 10am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 8th November-Friday 11th November: 8.45am - 4.30pm

Saturday 12th November: 9.15am - 3.30pm

Sunday 13th November: 1.30pm - 5pm

Monday 14th November & Tuesday 15th November: 8.45am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 16th November: 8.45am - 3pm

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