Tickets Still Available for the Somerset in the First World War Research Symposium

On Sunday 22 March the Museum of Somerset will be hosting a symposium focusing on a wide range of research relating to the events of 1914-1918 and the effects on the county of Somerset. 

Please contact the Museum of Somerset today to book your place 01823 255088

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The speakers and subjects include:

Mary Siraut – Taunton 1914-1918

Sue Bucklow – Singers of Frome

Phil Norrey – The Somerset Light Infantry and the Early Stages of the War

Mary Claridge – Glastonbury WW1 Tribute Project

Brendon Moorhouse – Research into Somerset Light Infantry at Ypres

Tim Moreman – The Isle of Wedmore Remembers Project

Sam Astill – Somerset Remembers Project

Suzie Grogan – The Impact of the First World War on Mental Health

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Somerset Remembers Community Archive

When the Somerset Remembers project formally ends on 31 March the Somerset Remembers Community Archive will remain the place to share your stories and research on the First World War in Somerset. 
Somerset Remembers Community Archive Homepage

Somerset Remembers Community Archive Homepage

We are looking for letters, diaries, photographs and stories of the county during the conflict, both relating to those serving abroad, but also to the roles and experiences of those who remained at home.

Did a relative serve with the Somerset Light Infantry? Did an ancestor leave school to work in a war time industry or to help with the production of food? Is there a Red Cross nurse in the family? Or have you been researching your village to mark the centenary? If so we want to hear from you.

Once the stories are uploaded to the Community Archive they will become a research resource for anyone interested in Somerset for the war years, and will help to make a complete picture of the county’s war effort.

The archive will also stand as a monument to the men, women and children of Somerset who contributed to the nation’s cause and to mark the legacy the war has had on today’s communities.

Visit www.somersetremembers.com and share your story.

Somerset Remembers on Tour #3

On Monday  22 December the Somerset Remembers touring display and showcase were removed from Glastonbury Abbey, the last venue for this exhibition.

The display consisted of three identical banners and two showcases with eight different objects. This allowed it to be seen in 30 venues across Somerset.

The tour started in March at Taunton library, and the first showcase was displayed at Chard Museum in April.

Banner and Show Case at Chard Museum in April

Banner and Showcase at Chard Museum in April

The display was designed to promote the project throughout the county and the temporary exhibition at the Museum of Somerset.

It was also used by venues to complement their own First World War exhibitions.

In Frome Museum in October

The second set of objects as seen in Frome Museum during October

A wide variety of venues displayed the exhibition including major county events such as The Royal Bath & West Show in May, and RNAS Yeovilton Air Day in July.

It is estimated that over 85000 people visited the touring exhibition during 2014.

Last Chance to see Somerset Remembers Exhibition

There is just a couple weeks left to see the Somerset Remembers exhibition at the Museum of Somerset. The exhibition is on display until 3 January 2015.

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. It focuses on the wider impact of the war on the county and looks at themes such as women and children, agriculture and local efforts to support troops.

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Wiveliscombe hosts Commemoration Rugby Match

Pupils from Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe, will be playing a special rugby match on Wednesday 17 December.

Following a morning of First World War themed activities at the school, a rugby match will be played on the memorial recreation ground from 2.00–3.00 pm by pupils from Years 10 and 11.

Shortly before the match at 1.45pm the Last Post will be played followed by the carol Silent Night.

The match commemorates the presentation of the recreation ground to the people of Wiveliscombe in honour of those lost during the war.

The ‘Rec’, as it is known locally, was opened on 6th June 1920, and also features a stone obelisk memorial to those who died. One of these men was the sportsman Lieutenant Ralph E.Hancock.

Wiveliscombe soldier, Lieut. R.E. Hancock, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.  Killed in Action 29 October 1914.

Lieut. R.E. Hancock, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in Action 29 October 1914.

The event is also inspired by the Christmas Truce of 1914 and recognises the power of sport to bring people together.

The Somerset Remembers touring exhibition will be on display at the Rugby Club during the afternoon and members of the public will have the opportunity to discuss the First World War with experts.

Refreshments will also be available at the Rugby Club for spectators.

Picture of the Week: Images from Somerset during the First World War

 In the Middle of the Fight. 259 MT.COY. ASC.         Photographer: Bert Phillips                                                                                 Courtesy of Wells Museum

In the Middle of the Fight. 259 MT.COY. ASC.                          Photographed by Bert Phillips                                                                                                                             Courtesy of Wells Museum

 

Picture of the Week: Images from Somerset during the First World War

No.9 Platoon, 7th Batallion Somerset Light Infantry. The 'x' indicates Private Bryer, his true age was 15 which was only discovered after he had been in France for a few weeks. He was sent home but attached himself to the draft for the 8th Bn. and was then wounded at Loos.

No.9 Platoon, 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry.
The ‘x’ indicates Private Bryer, his true age was 15 which was only discovered after he had been in France for a few weeks. He was sent home but attached himself to the draft for the 8th Battalion and was then wounded at Loos.