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Ipswich care home sets up residents' museum to mark VE Day

Staff have set up a museum based on its residents' memories of the Second World War. Credit: Anchor St Mary's care home.

A care home in Suffolk has set up its own VE Day museum based on its residents' experiences during the Second World War.

Staff at Anchor, St Mary's Care Home curated the exhibition which includes photographs, posters and letters from residents during the Second World war.

They came up with the idea for the museum after their original plans to hold a street party had to be scrapped because of lockdown.

Deputy Manager at St Marys, Anna, painting a tank for the museum. Credit: Anchor, St Mary's Care Home

“I am so proud of the museum, and how it has evolved with input from residents, relatives and colleagues. It is lovely to see residents engaging with their past in such a personal way, and it’s providing great comfort at this challenging time. For VE Day itself we have lots of plans to evoke memories and nostalgia. Our residents have been so involved and loved every minute, building aeroplanes and decorating the home. We hope the public enjoys touring our virtual museum as much as we enjoyed curating it.”

– Kristy Smith, manager at Anchor’s St Marys care home in Ipswich
Rosemary Martin is now 98-years old and a resident at St Mary's care home. Credit: Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during the war, at the age of 19.

She was a Filter Plotter, and it was her job to plot British bombers as they left the coast, and communicate their movements with France.

Rosemary Martin was in the WAAF during the conflict. Credit: Rosemary Martin

“I went into the WAAF a girl and came out a woman. It was so disciplined, we all worked together, and I’m proud to have supported the country.”

– Rosemary Martin, aged 98, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force
Some of the items on show at the care home museum. Credit: Anchor St Mary's care home.

Annie Ellen “Nellie” Fisk, now 104- years old, worked at Buttons farm with her Uncle George during the war.

104-year old Nellie Fisk worked on a farm during the conflict. Credit: Nellie Fisk

St Mary's will be marking VE Day with a host of activities for residents including wartime food, films, dances, and poetry readings.

Audio clips and commentary from the period will also be played as residents experience the museum, to help evoke memories and create a nostalgic atmosphere.

Residents made models for the VE Day Museum. Credit: Anchor, St Mary's Care Home.

93-year old Beryl Burley was a teenager during the Second World War and worked in a Café with her younger sister Sylvia. Beryl continued working in the café after the war finished and met her husband there in 1946, when he came for a dance. They married in 1948 and named their first house ‘Cadena’ the name of the Café to honour their meeting place.

Beryl Burley was a teenager during the war. Credit: Beryl Burley