The Bowes Museum is hosting a number of events before the end of its poignant WW1 “To Serve King and Country” exhibition.
The Heritage Lottery Funded First World War Commemorative Project is the culmination of five year’s work with the Community and a series of events, displays and meetings have been organised to mark the end of the project.
Judith Phillips, the project’s Research Advisor, said: “It has been an honour to work with the community on creating the Roll of Honour. We would not have been able to put together such a fantastic exhibition without the donations and loans from people throughout Teesdale and beyond.
“Once the exhibition has closed we will continue to add the names of people who served in the Great War to the Roll of Honour.”
Between 11 and 3 on Wednesday 20 February you can feel the weight of a pistol, see shrapnel and find out more about medals that were awarded during the conflict in a DLI handling session with staff and volunteers from the DLI Study and Research Centre.
Discover more about the research behind the exhibition before it closes, in an informal ‘To Serve King and Country’ Gallery Talk with our friendly project volunteers on Thursday 21 February from 2.15 til 2.45.
You can sample the kind of food people would have eaten during WW1 and find out more about recipes, rationing and food production on the Front line when food historians Jan and Richard Crouch will be hosting a drop in session from 11 til 3.30 on Monday 25th February. They will also be holding more formal half hour talks at 11.30 and 2.30.
During the First World War, men and women knitted items for soldiers on the Front and in hospital. We have a friendly drop in Knit and Natter session where people gather to knit and crochet flowers for our community art work hanging and items to send to charities supporting people affected by war. Don’t worry if you can only do a couple of rows as there are experienced knitters on hand to help in the Picture Galleries on Thursday 28 February from 2.15 til 3.30.
On Friday 1 March, there will be a chance to enjoy even more of the exquisite WW1 related embroidery on show in a pop up exhibition of work on loan from the Embroiderers Guild from 12 noon til 4.
A free public meeting will be held on Saturday 2 March, from 10.30 til 12 where volunteers and staff will be updating the community about the project and how it’s been received.
Later that day there will be free talks by leading World War 1 academics called From War to Peace? Aftermaths of the Great War, looking at the legacies of war and the impact on building post conflict societies from 1.30 til 3.45pm.
Professor Charlotte Alston will be focusing on the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, Dr Daniel Laqua on campaigns to transform international life and Dr Andre Keil on the birth of the German republic in 1918/19. Booking is advisable.
The project is funded by National Lottery players through a £65,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), with additional support from Barnard Castle Town Council, Durham County Council and Teesdale Area Action Partnership.
The last day of the exhibition is on Sunday 3 March.
The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information see our website: www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk