Popular exhibition stirs happy memories

An exhibition showcasing Malvern’s scientific history brought back happy memories for one woman who was surprised to find herself part of the displays.

Heather Ainge spotted herself on a poster for the 1953 Coronation production of ‘A Country Girl’ by the TRE players, while organisers were setting up the ‘Scientist Come to Malvern’ exhibition in May.

Members of the Malvern Radar and Technology History Society, who put on the exhibition in Church Walk, have presented Heather – now Mrs Judson – with a copy of the poster and some other memorabilia of the musical as a memento.

Research establishments have a long history of being involved in amateur dramatics and it laid the foundations for the formation of The Malvern Theatre Players.

Time is running out for residents to view the exhibition which runs until Sunday, 21 August and is paid for by the Heritage Lottery funded Great Malvern: Route to the Hills project, led by Malvern Hills District Council.

It features several displays highlighting Malvern’s contribution to the Second World War effort as well as the numerous modern technologies developed in the town.

The exhibition is also available to view online by visiting the MRATHS website where the stories behind each poster can be read.

Mike Burstow, from MRATHS, said: “We’re delighted the exhibition has stirred happy memories for Heather and the many others who have viewed it. The feedback we have received has been very complimentary with many saying this should become a permanent exhibition in the town.”

Cllr David Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Healthier Communities at Malvern Hills District Council said: “This is a fascinating exhibition which highlights an often overlooked chapter in Malvern’s history. I would urge residents to take the chance to go and see it before it is too late.”