Mu­seum sets out two sides of the Great War

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

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

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