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Trent to Trenches Exhibition at Nottingham Castle

The People of Nottinghamshire and the Great War, 1914-1918

The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery and Long Gallery is closed until 26th of July for the install of the Trent to Trenches Exhibition.

26th July to 16th November 2014

Trent to Trenches shell filling This major exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the Great War exploring the experiences of the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire at home and in the trenches.

Much of the research for the exhibition has been carried out by ten volunteer groups from across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire which has generated content for this exciting and innovative exhibition.  You can find out more about their research on the volunteers' website.

Using powerful visual images, diaries, letters and artefacts, many on loan from members of the public, the exhibition highlights how the conflict of the Great War (1914-1918) was a catalyst for huge social and economic change in the communities of Nottinghamshire.

The exhibition includes two key projects which have been developed with local volunteers, communities and families:

  • Eleven Eleven Eleven - a Heritage Lottery funded community history project developed by a diverse group of volunteers who have been working with eleven of Nottingham's cultural communities, with the support of an oral history artist Vanessa Cardui and film maker, Jes Hill. The project looks at the conflict from a new angle by recording perspectives of the Great War period from people whose family memories and personal perspectives tell the story from countries outside Britain.
  • The New Wipers Times - The 'Wipers Times' was the irreverent newspaper printed in the trenches by soldiers from The Sherwood Foresters.  Army families from the Mercian Regiment, based at Chilwell in Nottingham, have worked with artist Carol Adlam and writer Helen Cross to create a 'graphic anthology' that gives a glimpse of life as an army family today. Copies of the book will be available in the museum shop.  

Throughout the exhibition period there will be a range of events and activities for all the family. 

The Great War Centenary - Launch Weekend
2 - 3 August   10am - 4.30pm

Meet costumed re-enactors on the Castle Green to find out more about:

  • British Soldiers and life in the trenches
  • trench warfare and the use of gas masks
  • medicines and medical supplies
  • 'The War Horse' and the cavalry horses' role both on and off the battlefield
  • music of the period performed from a WW1 music wagon.

Within the exhibition join a soldier and his wife to hear how their lives and roles changed during the course of the war.

Organised by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, and researched and made possible by a large team of volunteers, Trent to Trenches is part of the Imperial War Museum's First World War Centenary Partnership.

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