I know there are people on this board who run a Soldiers' Aid Post impression, and I am hoping they can help me. SOSCAN (The Southern Skirmish Association) in the UK (Southern refers to location in the UK, not sympathies particularly) is setting up a Town Square Project to try to raise authenticity standards and interaction with the public, especially on the civillian side. I was hoping to set up what at present I am calling a "Soldiers' Aid Post", though perhaps that is not the right name. I am NOT aiming for a Canteen. More a "home from home" idea, with maybe a cooling drink, also things to read, stationery, telegraph forms, railroad passes (Is there a reprint of a timetable available anywhere???) help with writing and reading letters if required, civilised conversation and maybe some simple plain sewing and repairs available. Does this sound like the sort of thing that is feasable, perhaps in winter quarters or a town just behind the lines???
My own character is based on a little family history and local history - my family come from Woolwich, famous for the Arsenal, the Dockyard, and the Royal Artillery, also the cadet Academy and the home of the Herbert Hospital, the first purpose built military hospital in the UK, built under the guidance of Florence Nightingale. There is also a long history of progressive social welfare and active protestantism of various sorts in the town. My father's family the Burnetts came from Scotland in the 1690's to work in the Gun Foundry, and I'm using this as the basis for my character sketch, in which I, a widow, accompany my brother as his companion to the States when he is called to advise re ordnance (I am expecting that as an older female i would not be expected to know too much about the details of this "Consultancy", though I was planning on having a few manuals of various sorts around for colour).
I hope some of you will be able to give me some feedback on how and if this will work, and supplies I might need . I have the following -
Trader's style authentic tent.
Chair and table plus assorted boxes
Stationery, including patriotic envelopes and stamps
pen and ink
Original books - History of the Crimean War, Napoleonic War and Pilgrim's Progress, and CofE prayer Book
Sewing equipment -needles, thread,scissors etc.
Any and all suggestions welcome,
Thank you very much.