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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.

Peace 1919 mug

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.

Here you can view past news items.

Artwork competition launched.

Dec 13, 2018

The museum is offering free entry in the run up to Christmas.

Dec 12, 2018

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

Nov 23, 2018

Mad Hatters beware! An exhibition at the museum features a wonderful collection of 44 different hats or forms of headwear.

Nov 23, 2018

The Victorian kitchen at the museum will be serving up Christmas Pudding.

Nov 20, 2018

A fun, festive concert with the Dorset Guitar Society.

Nov 15, 2018

A day of events to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Oct 19, 2018

Tivoli Theatre marks 25th anniversary with exhibition.

Oct 19, 2018

A 'spooktacular' family activity day.

Oct 5, 2018

Exciting opportunity for volunteers to help behind-the-scenes at the museum.

Oct 4, 2018

The museum will be visiting Hinton Martell on Thursday 11 October 2018 appealing for information from the time of the first world war.

Oct 3, 2018

The Trust is seeking to appoint up to three new Trustees to join the Trustee Board.

Sep 24, 2018

A talk that scratches the surface of the so-called 'Golden Age' and looks at how real children lived, worked and played.

Sep 9, 2018

Free entry with activities throughout the weekend, part of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week and Heritage Open Days.

Aug 31, 2018

Join in the fun with our family activity day.

Aug 17, 2018

Join in the fun with the 'Wildflowers' activity morning.

Aug 17, 2018

The museum has been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2018.

Aug 6, 2018

The annual Summer Fete in the beautiful museum garden.

Jul 25, 2018

Activity mornings for little ones.

Jul 25, 2018

The museum has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £982,200 to fund improvements.

Jul 18, 2018

A day of archaeological family fun.

Jul 17, 2018

We are taking part in this year's Wimborne History Festival on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.

Jul 13, 2018

'Wildflowers' is a new exhibition, which introduces four girls from Edwardian Wimborne.

Jun 23, 2018

A new exhibition of prints and books by Rena Gardiner.

Jun 19, 2018

The Board of Trustees wishes to source an experienced Human Resources consultant/advisor.

Jun 18, 2018

The museum is celebrating Wimborne Minster Folk Festival.

Jun 6, 2018

A nature inspired family activity day.

May 23, 2018

Unfortunately this performance has had to be cancelled.

May 23, 2018

A family activity day to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Apr 27, 2018

A new film will be screened at the museum.

Apr 23, 2018

A new exhibition at the museum features a wonderful collection of 44 different hats or forms of headwear.

Apr 19, 2018

A new exhibition tells the stories of two Wimborne men killed on the same day at the Battle of Passchendaele.

Apr 18, 2018

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Apr 17, 2018

A fundraising concert for our Revival Project.

Apr 17, 2018

Secondhand book event at the museum.

Apr 4, 2018

'Little Explorers' activity morning for little ones.

Apr 3, 2018

Our Garden Tea Room needs the help of a few more local people.

Mar 23, 2018

Sponsor a Victorian Valentine Card as an unusual Valentine's Day gift!

Feb 13, 2018

Learning Officer (25 hours).

Jan 28, 2018

Help a new project.

Dec 14, 2017

Fun filled family activity day of Christmas themed art and craft.

Dec 7, 2017

Community Fundraising Day on Saturday 9 December.

Dec 4, 2017

Dorset County Council's Historic Environment team will be at the museum on Tuesday 28 November.

Nov 24, 2017

The entrance to the museum is now via the Tourist Information Centre.

Oct 27, 2017

Family activity day on Tuesday 24 October.

Oct 23, 2017

History of the local Ordnance Survey map.

Oct 11, 2017

We would like to hear from people who are researching their families in East Dorset.

Apr 28, 2017

Family friendly fun event.

Apr 27, 2017

Find out how you can get involved.

Apr 21, 2017