International events and local history combine together in this 2 hour session by Jonathan Gammond who organised the exhibition ‘Penley Hospital: The Story of a Polish Community in Wales’ at Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives.
Eighty years ago, German and Russian armies swept across the borders of Poland setting in motion a train of events that led to the establishment of three Polish hospitals in the Welsh countryside near Wrexham, in the village of Penley and the grounds of two country houses, Iscoyd Park and Llannerch Panna. These hospitals were staffed by Polish medics and nurses whose job was to care for the thousands of Polish servicemen and servicewomen displaced from their homes and living in post-war Britain. The hospitals became the focal point of a Polish community.
The session illuminates issues of Europe, identity and the local, regional and international importance of Penley Hospital.
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