A Child’s War launches at Dancing Back to 1914’s ‘Rewind Dance’, County Hall, Trowbridge, 3 March 2016.

Young Wiltshire boys, shouldering rifles. Three of the rifles are ancient Martini-Henry Mk IIIs. With permission of Marlborough History Society.

A Child’s War, the third exhibition in the Wiltshire at War series will launch at County Hall, Trowbridge, on 3 March 2016, as part of larger First World War centenary evening. The exhibition will feature as part of the Wiltshire Youth Partnership’s end of project celebration evening for Dancing Back to 1914.


Dancing back to 1914

 “Be prepared for the unexpected creativity and energy of young people who will dance you back to 1914.”

The Dancing Back to 1914 project began in April 2015 attracting more than 80 young people to dance workshops exploring the popular dances from the 1910s – 1920s.

As well as learning dance moves, the young people were taken on trips to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum. They also performed the dances in front of more than 200 members of the community.

People are being invited to step back in time and watch the young people recreate dances from the First World War era as this unique history project draws to a close.

The event will begin at 6pm on 3 March with music from the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, with tea and cake served on vintage china. There will be performances of the dances with young people from Tidworth, Salisbury and Bradford on Avon taking part. They will be joined by Malmesbury theatre company The Last Baguette, and young people from the youth theatre at The Pound in Corsham.


A Child’s War:

Using documents and archive images this exhibition looks at the effect of the First World War on the children of Wiltshire; it features fascinating stories about boy soldiers, fundraising, school life, and Scouts.

The exhibition includes information panels with illuminating images, and is the third of five Wiltshire at War exhibitions, which are part of Wiltshire County’s multi-year remembrance of the First World War. Stories have been gathered from all across Wiltshire to create it.

The exhibition will then be touring Wiltshire and available to book, free of charge, in museums, heritage centres, libraries and community spaces.


All five Wiltshire at War exhibitions will be touring around Wiltshire until 2019.

Make sure to keep up with events and exhibition locations at www.wiltshireatwar.org.uk/event and www.twitter.com/wiltshireatwar.

If you would be interested in donating content, or hosting an exhibition, please get in touch at hello@wiltshireatwar.org.uk.

You can read a wide variety of stories about the effect of the First World War on Wiltshire at www.wiltshireatwar.org.uk/story.



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