First World War Centenary
Braintree District Museum is joining other museums across the county and the world to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The museum is a member of the centenary partnership led by the Imperial War Museum. For more information on the work of the partnership please visit the dedicated website at http://www.1914.org/.
Our program of events and exhibitions will focus in particular on the contributions of local people and industries to the war, and the impact that the war had on local people and places. Please find more details of our commemoration program below.
January – March 2015 Exhibition:
‘Between the Lines’
6th January – 27th March 2015
An exhibition by EAST (The East Anglian Stitch Textile Group)
This exhibition will showcase work by textile artists who have explored the First World War from different perspectives, from life on the Western front and the role of women to the effects on landscape and nature, allied armies, mapping, armaments and the reflections of writers and artists in the 1920s.
Research Collaboration with the Essex Record Office
We are working with the Essex Record Office on their county-wide project ‘Now the last poppy has fallen’. This project aims to research the impact of the First World War on the lives of individuals, families and communities in Essex. It will result in a touring exhibition reflecting on stories from the Essex Home Front, develop museum education sessions for schools and reflective school performances and commission artists to produce performances relating to these stories. The museum is very excited to be a part of this project.
For more information on this project please visit http://youressex.essex.gov.uk/issue-9-autumn-2013/local-news/now-the-last-poppy-has-fallen.
Researching the Fallen – Braintree’s War Memorials
One of our museum volunteers has conducted independent research on all those listed on the Braintree and Bocking War Memorials from both World Wars. If you are interested in finding out more about these, or following up research into a particular name or family member, please do have a look at the dedicated website listed below. These also include links to other useful resources for conducting research. These details will also be provided in our exhibition.
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