‘Wiltshire Does Its Bit’ Exhibition on Display at Royal Wootton Bassett, May 2017

“Wiltshire Does Its Bit” Exhibition

 Royal Wootton Bassett Library, Swindon

3rd – 31st May 2017


“Never before in the history of our nation has there been such a terrible war…men and women, boys and girls, and little children all over the Empire are helping with their sympathy, their works and their prayers…”

Miss Douglas, Headmistress of Godolphin School, Salisbury, September 1914


The First World War was a ‘total war’ and everybody did their bit, from the soldiers at the Front to the people back at home, filling the fields, hospitals, halls and factories with their sweat, toil and care. Everybody in Wiltshire was affected by the war. Everybody was wishing somebody home safe. The efforts of the people in this handful of stories represent just some of the ways that Wiltshire people pooled their efforts on the Home Front to help the country pull through the war.


The Staff of Hadens Munitions Factory, Trowbridge in 1915

The exhibition includes information panels with illuminating images, and is the second 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.


Venue Details:

Royal Wootton Bassett Library, Borough Fields, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 7AX
Telephone: 01793 853249

Opening Hours: 

Monday: 10.00am to 7.00pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9.30am to 7.00pm
Thursday: 9.30am to 5.00pm
Friday: 9.30am to 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 4.00pm
Sunday: Closed

For Queries contact:

Roger Smith at rwbmuseum@gmail.com


The 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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