Oasis Community Hub Hadley
Motherhood, Loss and the First World War
In September, members of Oasis Community Hub Hadley’s Knit and Natter group in Enfield, North London, participated in a ‘Motherhood, Loss and the First World War’ workshop led by ‘Big Ideas’
The workshop was both thought provoking and enjoyable. It gave the group an opportunity to share part of their own stories and to think about how little we know about some of the Mothers from the First World War who were not able to tell their story or discuss their feelings whilst experiencing such great loss.
The group really enjoyed the opportunity and privilege of learning about some of the women through reading their letters to and from their sons.
Listening to their stories brought home both the reality of war, and the importance of learning from the past. INSPIRE seeks to encourage communities to think of how we can best honour the memory of lost loved ones, and all those who have been killed by war in the past or in recent times, by building peace now.
The session finished with a creative response to the letters by making paper carnations, as symbols of motherhood. One participant reflected that “I was struck by how cultural norms may change with time, but that a Mother’s desire to love and protect is timeless, and with that a hope for her children to be able to live in peace and avoid the evils of war”