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Museums mobilise for the World War One centenary

Moyse's Hall overlooks this picture of Zeppelin raid damage in April 1915,. The picture is now in the museum's collection.

Moyse's Hall overlooks this picture of Zeppelin raid damage in April 1915,. The picture is now in the museum's collection.

The home front features strongly in West Suffolk museums’ plans to mark the centenary of World War One.

The Friends of Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, are arranging a WW1 lecture and have begun encouraging village history societies to put on mini displays of their war histories.

Alongside those Moyse’s Hall have changing displays of single war-related items all year, as well as doing an ‘On this Day’ account on its social media and a display board.

It is also working on its ‘Pot-Luck’ interpretation game in which you can pick an individual from Bury’s past and discover their Great War role and how they link to the museum’s collections.

That work is made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund backed Skills for the Future project which will enable four students to obtain an NVQ Level Three in working in the cultural/Museums/Archaeology sector.

It will be rolled out in 2015, the centenary of the first Zeppelin attacks on Bury.

Moyse’s Hall and its allied West Stow Saxon village have their two major events in August.

On August 9 and 10, Moyse’s Hall will have Nigel Apperly in costume all weekend with an extensive World War One military handling collection.

He will also give a lecture on his grandfather’s war diaries as a Lewis (machine) gunner, which should be newly published by then.

West Stow’s Warrior Through Time event on August 16 and 17 will focus on the World War One Tommy.

Stowmarket’s Museum of East Anglian Life will host the touring exhibition ‘Everybody’s Darling — the First World War Nurse’ from August 4 to November 16.

Thousands of women served as nurses at home and overseas and this exhibition reveals their essential role.

Museum Curator, Lisa Harris says, “We hope that this exhibition will help draw out the hidden stories of the courageous, unsung heroines of the Great War both at home and overseas”.

The museum is also the venue for a commemorative concert on May 17, 2015.

The Bury Free Press hopes to run regular articles on readers’ relatives who served in World War One. If you can tell us a story about someone, contact John Henderson at john.henderson@buryfreepress.co.uk or 01284 757821.

 

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