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Posted: Nov 23, 2018

Exhibitions mark the end of the first world war

The museum is hosting two displays to commemorate the end of the first world war.

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The museum is hosting two displays to commemorate the end of the first world war.

'After the War' is an exhibition by Martin Barry, using objects to tell the story beyond the Armistice and the end of the first world war, up to how we remember and commemorate the conflict today.

The first world war was the first truly global conflict and introduced a terrifying and devastating form of industrialised warfare that has never been repeated and is still being debated today. These simple items, some relics of 100 years ago and others more modern, symbolise the difficult, painful and sometimes tragic journeys made by the veterans and their families.

Anti-war feelings and biased interpretation have left the legacy of the first world war having betrayed and sacrificed a generation for no good reason. It is only over the last few years that historians and academics, together with war diaries from the soldiers themselves, have started to redress this view with more accurate and thoughtful accounts of the conflict.

We are now coming to realise that the suffering and sacrifice of those involved in the conflict was not a needless waste of young lives but a struggle for national identity and freedom. It was a struggle that was to be repeated only 21 years later.

The second display is 'Only a Boy' by Chris Brown. It tells the stories of two young men with their roots in Wimborne who were killed on the same day just over 100 years ago, the opening hours of the Battle of Passchendaele on the 31 July 1917.

Items from the museum's collections and objects on loan from descendants of the soldiers' families show a 'snap shot' of these two men and the tangible grief that the families had to bare.

The museum is open daily (except Sundays). Admission charges apply. From the 10 to 22 December (closed Sundays), 10am to 4pm, there will be free admission to the museum.

For further information please contact the museum.

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