Museum sets out two sides of the Great War
THE story of ‘the war to end all wars’ is being told at an exhibition in the Bucks County Museum.
Duty and Service: Bucks Lives in the Great War was opened by county council chairman Zahir Mohammed.
The exhibition tells the individual stories of Buckinghamshire people who lived through, died in, or survived the Great War.
Museum curator Will Phillips said the show looks at the war’s two contrasting sides – the call by Lord Kitchener for volunteers to bolster the British Army, and the grim reality of life on the front line, which failed to live up to the promise of the recruitment posters.
Museum director Richard de Peyer said the museum was grateful for funding support from the County Museum Friends and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
He added: “I’m delighted this has enabled us to display many artefacts that have never been seen before. We really can shed a brilliant ray of light on Buckinghamshire’s untold story.”
The free-entry exhibition is on at the museum in Church Street, Aylesbury, until March next year.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday and on most bank holidays, from 10am to 5pm.
CALL TO ARMS: Museum director Richard de Peyer, Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and council chairman Zahir Mohammed by a Bucks First World War recruitment poster