A project to commemorate the First World War in Cheshire has culminated in a performance.

Mabel’s War was a Cheshire Military Museum project in collaboration with Minerva Arts and the Grosvenor Museum which took its inspiration from the 100 year old note books of Mabel, a volunteer nurse from Cheshire. She collected stories, poems, letters and drawings from the soldiers she cared for in the First World War.


A young person’s drama group was set up to create a brand new piece of drama about Mabel’s War, a performance of which took place at St Mary’s Centre in Chester on Saturday, March 29.

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The performance to parents and friends was followed by a chance to see some of the other work that has been created as part of the wider Mabel’s War project, including scrap books created by school children and poetry and art created by students from West Cheshire College.

Artistic director of Minerva Arts Steph Brocken said: “The children worked really hard on the Mabel’s War drama project. It has been exciting to see how the drama project developed each week and to be able to use the fascinating story of Mabel and her 100 year old notebooks.”

The Mabel’s War digital exhibition will be available to view at the Cheshire Military Museum from March 28 – June 3 2014.

On Thursday April 17 there will be a talk on Mabel and the project.

Mabel’s War is part of the Cheshire’s Great War Stories, a project commemorating the centenary of the Great War.