'Your Country Needs You...but?' - a re-enactment of St Albans Military Service Tribunal cases

Photo:Tilson's contemporary cartoon of a tribunal hearing

Tilson's contemporary cartoon of a tribunal hearing

SAHAAS (watermarked)

7pm, Wednesday 24 October at the new museum

By Jonathan Mein


The new Museum is currently running a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. As part of the Society's contribution, members of the Home Front Group are putting on a re-enactment in the Courtroom of cases heard before the St Albans City Military Service Tribunal.

In many ways, the tribunal was a microcosm of the stresses that so many people felt during the war. At the busy hearings over a thousand men of all classes, supported by their families and often by their employers as well, applied for exemption from conscription into the army. Who was forced to join up or was given permission to remain at home was decided by the tribunal members, local men of ‘independent minds’. Often they had at most five minutes in which to make their decision.

Our re-enactment looks at six cases that bring to life the challenges faced by those living in St Albans 100 years ago, be they significant employers of labour, conscientious objectors or just the man himself and his family – or the tribunal members themselves.

Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased via the Museum’s website.

The event will last no more than 90 minutes including a Q&A session.

Two other events forming part of the Museum's programme are particularly worthy of note. Firstly, the Home Front Group has worked closely with the Museum on their Lasting Peace exhibition, on display until 25 November.

Secondly, the exhibition that marks the culmination to Andie Hill’s independent ‘St Albans Legacy’ project opens at the Museum on Saturday 27 October. Highlighted in the Society’s May newsletter, this showcases artwork and creative responses of local secondary school students to the war.

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