26 July 2014 – March 2015Free entry
A new exhibition at the County Museum in Aylesbury commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.
This exhibition tells the stories of selected Bucks individuals involved in the war effort through the objects, photographs, letters and documents they left behind. These evocative objects show the human face of the war for soldiers from varying ranks and regiments as well as for Florence Fremantle, a local land girl, and artists John Nash and Alexander Jamieson. Items on display include uniforms from the Bucks Military Museum Trust and a large hanging embroidered by convalescing soldiers at Chequers on loan from the Chequers Trust.
The contrast between the image and reality of war is explored through original WWI recruitment posters. These propaganda images, using patriotism, national pride and a sense of family and civic duty to persuade men to enlist, offer a potent juxtaposition alongside humble personal effects of the soldiers such as a simple silver spoon. Other artefacts, such as the handwritten trench logs and letters home from Captain Lionel Crouch, brilliantly capture his indomitable spirit despite the relentless discomfort of trench life.
Display space has also been provided for individuals and community groups to tell their WWI stories. It is hoped that this area will be continually changing over the course of the exhibition as groups and individuals come forward with items for display.
To accompany the exhibition the museum is hosting a range of events beginning with a commemorative launch event, in partnership with Aylesbury Town Council, with music, poetry and activities for all ages, ‘In Flanders Fields’, on Saturday 26 July 11am – 3pm.
9 August : First Landing, the first arrival of aircraft on the Halton estate by Francis Hanford, RAF Halton
13 September: Bucks and the Great War by Professor Ian Beckett, Bucks Military Museum Trust
4 October: Brothers in Arms- John and Paul Nash and the art of the Great War by David Boyd Haycock, writer and art historian
8 November: Propaganda – WWI recruitment posters by Dr Nicholas Hiley, University of Kent
31 January: Infantry Training at Halton 1914-15 by Francis Hanford, RAF Halton
All talks are from 2-3pm and cost £5 per head.
Advance booking required via 01296 331441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org