‘The Call to Arms’ & ‘Wiltshire Does its Bit’ on Display @ Pewsey Heritage Centre 03 – 30 October 2016

‘The Call to Arms’ and ‘Wiltshire Does its Bit’– The first and second exhibitions in the Wiltshire at War: Community Stories series will be on display at Pewsey Heritage Centre from Monday 03 – Sunday 30 October 2016.

Using archive documents, letters, and images the first exhibit tells the fascinating stories of men in Wiltshire called to arms in the early months of the First World War, while the second paints a richly evocative picture of how the ordinary people of Wiltshire responded to the war effort at home.

They include information panels and an interactive video display of stories, and are the first and 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 these exhibitions.

James Bird poses in his service uniform, possibly immediately after mobilisation. He carries a .303 inch Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifle. The newly-worn tunic is ill-fitting and still stiff. © Rifles Museum
James Bird poses in his service uniform. © Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum

While the exhibitions cover stories from all over Wiltshire, those from Pewsey can learn about local lad, James Bird, who was captured at Ploegsteert Wood on 10 April 1918. Incarcerated at Friedrichsfeld for the remainder of the war, he was a grateful recipient of comfort parcels from the Wiltshire Regimental Care Committee.

Venue details:

Dates for the exhibitions:

Monday 03 October – Sunday 30 October 2016


Entry into the Heritage Centre – Adults £2, Children 11-18 £1, Under 11s – Free.

No extra charge for the Wiltshire at War exhibitions.


Pewsey Heritage Centre, Avonside Works, High Street, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5AF.

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