‘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.
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.
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.
All five Wiltshire at War exhibitions will be touring around Wiltshire until 2019.
You can read stories relating to Wiltshire and the First World War on our website at www.wiltshireatwar.org.uk/story
If you would be interested in donating a story / images, or hosting an exhibition, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org