Ann Ayre Hely, a Crimean War Nurse from Ravenstone, Leicestershire

Ann Ayre Hely

Ann Ayre Hely was born Ann Ayre Bradshaw in Ravenstone, Leicestershire. After the death of her husband she volunteered in 1855 to go out to the East to nurse the sick and injured soldeirs of the Crimean War.

In 1897, at the age of 78, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross medal for nursing military personnel.

Ann has now been awarded a Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque. Many thanks to everyone who voted for her.

Ann's Green Plaque

More photographs of the unveiling here.

Find out more about our Ravenstone Project Here


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Current Projects 2019

The Ferrers Murder

Earl Ferrers shot and killed his steward in 1760. We are re-enacting the story with Grace Dieu Manor School. This film will be finished by early April.

Thomas Pestell, a 17th-century vicar of Packington

Set in the English Civil Wars and Commonwelath period, we await the outcome of National Lottery Heritage Funding and hope to make this drama film in the summer.

Other project news can be seen HERE.

A Step on the Ladder

Our final project in 2018 was a drama about the 1918 General Election, the first in which some women could vote. A preview of the film can be seen here. This is scene 4 (of 11).


Success at the Heritage Awards 2018

Plaque .........Certificate

Read more about our success at the Heritage Awards here.


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