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Trent to Trenches Exhibition at Nottingham Castle

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

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. 

Two of the country's most respected Great War academics visit Nottingham this autumn to speak about aspects of the conflict:


Keighton Auditorium, Nottingham University Campus

No. 56 on University map: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sharedresources/documents/mapuniversitypark.pdf

Tickets: £3.00 on the door (subject to availability).

Tickets on sale via the Theatre Royal Box Office, tel. 0115 989 5555.


Julian Putkowski Julian Putkowski: Outlaws and Un-Merry Men - Military Executions in the Great War

Julian Putkowski is Britain's leading expert on First World War military courts martial. Outlaws and Un-Merry Men will draw attention to soldiers serving with the Sherwood Foresters who were executed during the First World War. Julian Putkowski was born in Suffolk.  After being awarded a first class degree in History at the University of Essex he became a college lecturer and developed an interest in C20th military discipline. His seminal work, Shot at Dawn (1989), written with Julian Sykes, generated a sixteen-year long campaign that secured posthumous pardons in 2006 for British soldiers executed during the First World War. His other books include: The Kinmel Park Camp Riots 1919 (1989), British Army Mutineers (1998), Unquiet Graves, Execution Sites of the First World War in Flanders (with Piet Chielens)(2000), Les Fusilles de King Crater (2002) and Murderous Tommies (with Mark Dunning) (2012). His research has also featured in a number of controversial TV dramas and documentaries, including: The Monocled Mutineer (BBC1, 1986), Going Home (BBC1,1987),  People's Century (BBC, 1994), Shot at Dawn (BBC, 1993) and Get Collins (RTE 2007). He has also excelled as a broadcaster with a reputation for researching and presenting critically well-received radio documentaries. The latter include: It is with very great regret (BBC Radio 4, 1993),  A Night on the Town (BBC Radio 4, 2004), Preposterous Files (Loftus North/BBC Radio 4, 2007) and Interrogators without Pliers (Rockethouse/BBC Radio 4, 2012). 


Andy Robertshaw Andy Robertshaw: Digging the Trenches - Great War Archaeology

Andrew Robertshaw is a military historian, author, television expert and battlefield guide. Born in Yorkshire, he went to school in Essex/Suffolk. He is now the Director of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut. He is an Honorary Lecturer at UCL and lectures at defence establishments, universities and colleges in the UK, Scandinavia and North America. He has spent twenty years working on projects related to the archaeology of the Great War from Flanders to the Somme. He and his team have run more than twenty 'digs' and during this time have established the identity of four soldiers whose remains were recovered on the battlefield. He has a fascination with the reality of the Great War and in his presentation he will use archaeological evidence to highlight the Great War as experienced rather than imagined. He is owner of a replica trench system in surrey which is used for experimental archaeology and public education. His book on the subject written in conjunction with Dr David Kenyon is 'Digging the Trenches'. See http://andyrobertshaw.com/

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.

Some of the items in the exhibiton relate to Harry Bird who served as a pilot in the Royal Flying Corp and have been loaned by Simon and Nigel Gibson.  You can find out more on their Aviation Archive logo This link opens in a new browser window Aviation Archive Website.

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