A fascinating new exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War in Herefordshire will open on Saturday 21 June.
The Herefordshire in the Great War: telling the story 1914-18 exhibition has been organised by Herefordshire Council’s museum, libraries and archive services as part of the Herefordshire in the Great War project, which is generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The exhibition explores life in Herefordshire during the war and tells the stories of local people, both from the countryside and the city. It will feature unique items from the council’s collections as well as family stories and items from the public. There will also be the opportunity to read about George Davies and Billy Dawe, who left the county to go to war, as well as Nellie Lambert who worked in the Rotherwas munitions factory and the many land girls who worked on local farms. There will also be an opportunity for children to explore what it was like to be inside a real canvas Army tent.
The exhibition includes an extra dimension by featuring creative work by local school and college students, who have been learning about Herefordshire during 1914 to 1918.
The exhibition will be available at the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery in Broad Street, Hereford from Saturday 21 June to Saturday 8 November, every Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm. There will be additional opening days on Sunday 9 and Tuesday 11 November.
It is free to visit the exhibition and for more information please call 01432 260692.
The Herefordshire in the Great War project is currently computerising hundreds of newspapers, letters, diaries and other First Word War material, which will be available online later this year.