The Somerset Remembers Exhibition is Open!

The Somerset Remembers exhibition at the Museum of Somerset is officially open.

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We’ve had a busy few weeks installing the exhibition and it is now ready for visitors!

Last night we hosted a successful Private View of the exhibition and it was wonderful to see so many of our partners there, including representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The exhibition is a culmination of work from the last two years so we’re all very excited (and somewhat relieved) that it is now open. Now it’s your time to enjoy it!

The exhibition tells the story of how the county was affected by the events of 1914-18 and how people have remembered the war, and those lost in it. We have focused on the wider impact of the war on the county and have looked at themes such as women and children, agriculture and local efforts to support troops.

There are objects, photographs and costumes for visitors to enjoy, as well as telegraphs, medals and weapons. The exhibition also features artwork by Somerset artist Jon England.

Visitors to the exhibition can contribute to an evolving memorial in the gallery, enjoy object handling or take part in a guided tour around Taunton’s First World War-related sites.

Thousands of Somerset men served in the armed forces during the First World War and over 8000 of them would never return home. This exhibition brings their stories to life and shows how Somerset was transformed by war. We hope you will take the time to visit the exhibition.

The exhibition is on display at the Museum of Somerset until 3 January 2015. The museum is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last entry 4.30 pm) Tuesday to Saturday, and Bank Holiday Mondays. Entry to the museum and the exhibition is free.

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