WW1 Trench Cello

WW1 cello web (c) Museums WorcestershireOne of the most poignant artefacts from the Worcestershire collections is this World War One cello.

It was handmade at the Western Front using a petrol can, a pick axe handle and the skill of its maker R.P. Quelch. It must have given a moment of entertainment to his fellow troops at a horrible time.

Mr Quelch returned safely from the war, settled in Pershore, and went on to have a successful career with the Great Western Railway.

The cello was donated to the museum, after his death at the age of 94, by Mr Quelch’s son-in-law. Although we know others were made, this is the only one we have found that has survived.

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