Vera Brittain tour!

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Discover Buxton has a new tour guide – Vera Brittain!

During the summer of 1915, Vera Brittain spent three months at The Devonshire Royal Hospital in Buxton training to become a VAD nurse. Buxton then was every bit as class bound and provincial as it would have been if Jane Austen had chosen to write about it. Your tour guide for this experience takes on the persona of Vera Brittain in the building in which she nursed and first understood ‘the disadvantages of being a woman’ which ate ‘like iron into her soul’. Vera Brittain lost her fiancé, brother and two closest male friends in the First World War, she wrote Testament of Youth as a cry of outrage and agony so that the futility of their deaths would be remembered, 80 years on it remains one of the most powerful and widely read war memoirs of all time.


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This powerful part performance and tour tells Vera’s story in a deeply moving way and is a poignant reminder of the experiences of an Edwardian woman which laid the foundations of her life-long pacifism. The pages of history spring alive in this highly original and unique reimagining of a moment in Buxton’s past.



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Group bookings £8 per person

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