Before you go:
And the show goes on ..........
Following the success of the British in Westfalen exhibition that ran through the winter 2017/18 in Paderborn,
(Curator: Dr. Bettina Blum
a mini-exhibition is on tour through Westfalia . The size has been reduced not just because some exhibits
were on loan and have been returned, but to fit the surroundings and to be easily transportable - keeps costs down,
In the mean time, Bettina Blum's team is collecting memoribilia, ephemera, pictures, maps and memories from
the many people and families who had been touched or were affected by the "Brits" in Barracks, in Town, on Exercises,
or socially engaged in their (German) environment.
They want to meet and hear from whoever remembers or has photos/photo albums, or kept any souvenirs from:
- soldiers boosting skills in village and local football teams,
- trucks, antennae and cook sites moving on to a farmyard in the middle of the night
- Colourful (loud) Marching bands at Schützenfests and Open Days
- Karnival and Schützenfest, Feuerwehrfests and other beer-drinking competitions
- Rhine Army Summer Shows at Bad Lippspringe - back when it was a Horse Event and an early Floh-Markt
(or the copy event at Rheindahlen)
- the Golf courses at Garrison towns
- Grape Harvest in the Rhineland
- Children's Christmas parties, Carol services
- BFBS / BFN radio shows
- Went to a BFES School in Germany ?
- Forces Post Offices and their First Day Covers
- Adventure Training and Army Sports (Free-fall parachuting, gliding, golf, polo, soccer, rugby, cricket, American football,
orienteering, cycling, Grape Picking (was classed as Adv Trg), skiing, tobogganing (Winterberg, Silberhutte, (Trg for
Kristiansand Outward Bound), Goslar, Bad Harzburg, Bavarian Ski Huts)
and the many other points of contact between the Forces and the world outside barracks!
The touring exhibition will be at these venues:
26 Aug 18 Mindener Stadt Museum
28 Oct 18 City Archives Hamm
13 Jan 19 Ermschertal Museum Herne
17 Mar 19 Historisches Museum Bielefeld
19 May 19 Städtisches Museum Herford
21 Jul 19 Kreismuseum Wewelsburg (nr Paderborn)
The virtual tour and highlights of the original Paderborn exhibition are on-line here: www.paderborner-konversion.de/briten-westfalen/virtueller-rundgang
The organisers have not forgotten that many Nations contributed to the British presence
in Nord Rhein Westfalen, and contributions and memories are invited from:
Canadian, Dutch, Belgian, Polish, Danish, Norwegian, Maltese and American communities that
had been a part of modern history, and whose inclusion and participation is foreseen for future exhibitions.
In similar vein it is appreciated that the British community included the British Army (much of which has
been whittled away in modern terms), the Royal Navy (Minden, Oeynhausen, Bad Salzuflen, Krefeld (Uerdingen),
and the Rhine), the RAF (Bad Eilsen, Scharfoldenforf as well as the major flying sites), CCG (BE) - all 25,000
of them, British Resident Officers and the JSL Organisation, Defence Estates, MPBW and its succesors,
and the CVWW groups (Red Shield, Toc H, YMCA, WVS/WRVS) that supplied welfare support inside and outside camp.
NAAFI (BFI) with its in-camp canteens and shops, Families mini shops and supermarkets. All had some interface with
civilians outside the camps.
A very large subject being treated robustly and sympathetically to record Brits at peace in Westfalia and the Rhineland,
and linking the Brits who have made their home in what had been the British Zone of Germany.