‘The Call to Arms’ Exhibition on display at Royal Wootton Bassett Library: 06 – 26 September 2016

‘The Call to Arms’ – The first exhibition in the Wiltshire at War: Community Stories series will be on display at Royal Wootton Bassett Library from Tuesday 06 September – Monday 26 September 2016.

Using letters and archive images this exhibit tells the fascinating stories of men in Wiltshire called to arms in the early months of the First World War. It includes information panels and an interactive video display of stories, and is the first 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 this exhibition.

Along with many other stories, the exhibition includes the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry:

Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry 1915
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry 1915 – (From the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre 3560/6/11BW/88)


In the years leading up to the outbreak of war annual training camps took place as usual in Warminster, Malmesbury and Tisbury, but from August 1914 to December 1915 the Yeomanry were training in Sussex. The focus of training changed to prepare the Yeomanry for the coming fight. Charging, dismounting and supplying ammunition to the firing line were practised. One training exercise included crossing rivers with 150 men, 170 horses, 2 machine guns and of course all the ammunition and kit.

Venue Details:

Royal Wootton Bassett Library
Royal Wootton Bassett Library


Address:                                                 Tel:                                 Opening times: 
Royal Wootton Bassett Library,        01793 853249                     10:00 – 19:00 Mon
Borough Fields,                                                                                  Closed            Tue
Royal Wootton Bassett,                                                                    09:30 – 19:00 Wed
Wiltshire,                                                                                             09:30 – 17:00 Thu
 SN4 7AX                                                                                              09:30 – 17:00 Fri
                                                                                                              09:30 – 16:00 Sat
                                                                                                              Closed            Sun


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,www.twitter.com/wiltshireatwar and www.facebook.com/wiltshireatwar

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


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