Letter from Francis Tailleur, from May till October, 1915 was installed(settled) on the site of the domain of Chanteloup, to Sainte-Savine, in the suburb of Troyes (France) a military hospital under tents, managed by Women’s Scottish Hospitals.
About hundred years later, on the same site, is implanted l’Institut Chanteloup, the school which welcomes and schools children persons with motor or sensory disability.
The community of the Institute (children, parents and professionals) has the project to make known the history(story) little known by the “Hôpital auxiliaire bénévole 301”, to commemorate its centenarian(centenary) and to pay tribute to the volunteers of the SWH.
Our project is above all educational. It aims at making sensitive the pupils in the history of the World War I.
Our project plans in particular “to reconstitute” partially the hospital and to propose an exhibition(exposure) which will take place in May, 2015 ( one week). The pupils of the Institute will be involved strongly in the preparation of the exhibition(exposure).
Here are the first ideas:
Portal Chanteloup in 1915…
(Australian War Museum) …and as it might be in 2015
It is imagined to recreate certain parts(parties) of the hospital:
The operating room A tent, accommodating wounded persons. The office(desk) of the administrator The tent cooks tent. The detached house(flag) of the X-rays Expose(Explain) an ambulance
We also imagine to present documents, photos, objects of the Great War in the big showroom of Institut Chanteloup.
Our friend, Alan Cumming brings us for several weeks his very precious help and became one of the main partners of the project. We thank him warmly.
We would be delighted and honored that Alan is the main speaker of the conference whom we shall organize in May, 2015.
We are in search of all the documents (texts, photos) which will help us in the success of our project.
We thank beforehand all those who among you can help us. Francis TAILLEUR
As a writer, I am fascinated by the first half of the last century, particularly with little known events such as the Macedonian Front of WWI. When I discovered in 2010 that Australian doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and orderlies served in Salonika and Serbia during the war, I began to research and write my manuscript The Grey Silk Purse. In 2011 I began my blog http://debbierobson.wordpress.com chronicling researching and writing the manuscript. In 1920 my main character Miss Summerville has lost her memory. What she has forgotten (among other things) is driving an ambulance for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and the Serbian Army during 1917 and 1918. I have been inspired by the life of Olive Kelso King and also the memoirs of Dr Emslie Hutton and Elsie Corbett. I have also been researching the war experiences of Dr Mary de Garis and Dr Agnes Bennett.At the moment I am on the hunt for an agent for The Grey Silk Purse and working on my new manuscript set in Paris and Sydney during the 1920s. The author of Tomaree, a WWII love story set in Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia and Crossing Paths: the BookCrossing novel inspired by that wonderful website www.bookcrossing.com. There is more about both books at http://www.tomareebook.com with links to buy. I am a booklover, bookcrosser and firm believer in synchronicity. There is no such thing as coincidence!