Creative Responses to Temple Newsam’s exhibition ‘The Healing Home’


In the summer of 2015, author Char March was Writer-in-Residence for Temple Newsam House. Along with Temple Newsam staff and Professor Alison Fell from the Legacies of War project, Char worked with members of the Osmondthorpe Writers’ Group, Leeds Survivor Poets, The Association of Medical Writers, and Birstall Writers’ Group. Each group viewed ‘The Healing Home’ exhibition at Temple Newsam, and also visited the Liddle Collection at the University of Leeds. This archive, which is open to the public, contains around 4,000 individual files with documents, objects, diaries and photographs detailing the experiences of men and women during the First World War, and it provided the inspiration for a diverse group of writers to produce written responses to the artifacts, diaries and other items within the collection.

A sample of the responses produced by Char and the writers is available here.

Char March

Marjorie Artkinson

Paul Angus Barber

Chrissy Byrne

Lynda Brown

Lynda Byrom

Lian Puii Chhing, Leeds Survivors’ Poets

Kath Egar

Sandra Garstang

Christine Gibbons

Helenne Jordan

Sitara Khan

Rebekah Marriner

Marty Morgan

Terry Simpson

Ann Slater

Owen Turner

Neil Wilson

Stephen Whitaker