Behind the Scenes: preparing for ‘Five Lives, Five Stories’

Lots of work has taken place behind-the-scenes in preparation for a new First World War exhibition at the Weston-super-Mare Museum. The exhibition, titled ‘Five Lives, Five Stories: North Somerset People and the First World War’, opens to the public on Saturday 7 June.

Over the past few months staff at both the Somerset Heritage Centre and Weston-super-Mare Museum have been hard at work researching interesting stories, choosing images and objects for the displays, and writing labels and captions.

Bethan Murray (Documentation Officer) and Freya Ward (Somerset Remembers Project Officer) place a British Red Cross nurse’s uniform on a mannequin.

Bethan Murray (Documentation Officer) and Freya Ward (Somerset Remembers Project Officer) place a British Red Cross nurse’s uniform on a mannequin.

There is now just one month to go until the exhibition opens, so this week we have been carefully unpacking all the objects which will go on display. We will then lay-out the displays and prepare mounts for any objects which need them.

Freya Ward (Somerset Remembers Project Officer) carefully unpacks a set of Alfred Leete sketches.

Freya Ward (Somerset Remembers Project Officer) carefully unpacks a set of Alfred Leete sketches.

The exhibition looks at the impact of the First World War on the lives of five North Somerset people, tracing their stories before, during and after the war. The people who feature are:

  • Robert Cruse (1878-1917) – fought with A Company, ‘Bristol’s Own’, 12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
  • Edith Graves-Knyfton (1876-1964) – worked as Vice-President for the British Red Cross for Weston-super-Mare District
  • Alfred Leete (1882-1933) – designed the most iconic image of the First World War showing Lord Kitchener
  • Harry Mogg (1860-1929) – led Mogg’s Military Prize Band at recruitment events and fundraising concerts
  • Beatrice Page (1889-1972) – the first female tram driver in the country

These five people were selected because of the diverse roles they played during the war.

Five Lives, Five Stories: North Somerset People and the First World War will be on display at the Weston-super-Mare Museum (www.westonmuseum.org)from Saturday 7 June to Sunday 14 December 2014. Entry to the exhibition is free. For information about visiting the Weston-super-Mare Museum please call 01934 621028 or email museum@wsm-tc.gov.uk.

 

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