AN exhibition commemorating World War One is coming to The Museum of Wigan Life.
Home Front to Battle Front – Wigan Borough at War 1914-18 opens on Saturday 6 September and runs until Saturday 28 March.
Lynda Jackson, Community History Manager at the museum, said: “The exhibition will focus on what life was like in Wigan Borough during wartime, as well as the stories of men who went to fight and the struggles faced by women and those left behind. We’ve got some really interesting objects to put on display which will bring these stories to life for visitors.”
People visiting the exhibition can find out more about the Prisoner of War camp in Leigh, local heroes who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery and the zepplin raid over Scholes among many other local stories. Items on display will include William Kenealy’s Victoria Cross medal awarded for bravery in Gallipoli and Lord Crawford’s original war diary. There will also be trench art, uniform, munitions and an artificial prosthetic arm from local man Robert Marsh.
The museum has run an oral history project with support from Wigan Council to film and record local people talking about their family’s experience of the First World War. A unique film showcasing this project will be shown for the first time during the exhibition opening and will be running throughout the exhibition duration.
There will also be a number of accompanying events while the exhibition runs.
Horses for the War by Nigel Neil, suitable for 12 years +), Saturday 6 September, 1pm-2pm, £2.50 including tea/coffee.
Coffee, Cake and Culture: Families at War, Tuesday 16 September and Tuesday 18 November, 10.30am – 12noon, £3 including tea/coffee/cake.
We Shall Remember Them: Rugby Footballers in Khaki, Thursday 25 September, 12 noon-1.15pm, £2.50 including tea/coffee
Guides to take visitors through the labyrinths: First World War training and the Public in Blackpool by Nigel Neil, Tuesday 11 November, 12 noon–1.15pm, £2.50 including tea/coffee
Cllr Paul Kenny, Cabinet member for resources, said: “It is important that we remember all those people who the First World War so heavily impacted on, particularly those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and never came home. I’d encourage people to take some time to visit this exhibition to learn more about this significant part of our history.”
You can find out more about the WW1 exhibition and other WW1 commemorative events at www.wlct.org.uk.