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First World War in East Dorset

Posted on 13 Oct 2016
To mark Wimborne Food & Drink Festival, the museum will offering free entry on Saturday 22 October, 10.00 to 4.30. The museum is appealing for photographs from the time of the first world war that record the people from East Dorset who served in the armed forces. It is also looking for photographs that reveal life on the home front. These might include photographs of the women of East Dorset who stepped forward to fill the traditional male roles, working in local industry or agriculture, or those who worked as nurses. The museum would also like to uncover the stories and experiences behind the photographs, and any surviving letters, diaries, postcards, medals or other artefacts that local families have kept. The museum would like to hear from members of the public who have information, stories or items that can help build a picture of what the people of East Dorset did during the first world war. Visitors will be able to discover life on the home front, in particular recipes used in the kitchen from the period. They will also be able to test their knowledge with our first world war food quiz. The museum is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne. Discover our stunning Roman wall paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a unique Victorian Valentine card collection as the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Explore period rooms from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, finding out how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. Wander through a beautiful and peaceful walled garden. The Garden Tea Room will be open, where visitors can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink, including a choice of coffees, a selection of delicious cakes and light savoury snacks. This event is part of the museum's project 'The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset', which is running throughout the period marking the centenary of the war, and will give local people the chance to research the effect of the war across the district. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For further information please contact the museum.