Introduction by Rosemary Rigby M.B.E.
Founder of the Violette Szabo GC Museum
A dream that became a reality on the 24th June 2000! During the 36 years I
have lived at ‘Cartref House’ the idea of creating this unique memorial for
Violette took root.
Having already collected many items and received into my care the special
collection of Margot Dennis of Eardisley, Hereford, I wanted to go forward to
benefit future generations.
The launch of the appeal took place on the 31st October 1998 in pouring
rain at Much Dewchurch Village Hall. It was attended by Virginia McKenna,
offering her great support to help raise the £ 20,000 needed to complete the
At her suggestion, I was later approached by Steve Tomlinson, a designer in
North Yorkshire, who was interested in researching and designing the four
panels which now hang in the Museum.
The Trustees decided to commission Steve to compile the panels and have
been very delighted with his work. Each panel is introduced by the words from
‘Violette’s poem’, "The Life That I Have", written by the S.O.E. Codemaster,
So, in response to overwhelming requests, we have again contacted Steve
and asked him to design a small booklet consisting of his original main text,
other extracts and a few new items. This book is now available through our shop.
May God continue to bless our venture, The Museum and Violette to watch
Rosemary Rigby MBE