Sunday 11 November marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. In the run-up to this centenary, Chelmsford Museum is hosting a very special exhibition, 'We Will Remember Them', from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 11 November.
For the last few months, schoolchildren from Springfield Primary School have been working with Chelmsford Museum and the Golden Oldies Charitable Trust to create an exhibition that will explore Chelmsford's links with those who fought for and gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and 'We Will Remember Them' is the result.
Nick Wickenden, Senior Curatorial Consultant at Chelmsford Museum, said, "The children from the school have come into the museum to look at some of the First World War artefacts that we hold for inspiration. During the exhibition, we will display several of these items for the public to see.
"Many men from the Chelmsford area gave their lives during the First World War, and we hope that their descendants will be able to come into the Museum to see the exhibition."
Jacquelyn Pick, Headteacher at Springfield Primary School, said, "It is vitally important that children of today understand the impact that was made by those who served 100 years ago. Included in our project has been the learning of popular WWI songs which we will be performing at the exhibition opening. The children's English and art work this term has been based on the First World War and they have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the uniforms, an individual Essex Regiment soldier, the role of women in the war and lots more besides."
The exhibition will focus on several individuals from the Essex Regiment (with help from volunteers from the Western Front Association) and will feature information from a Lottery-funded exhibition put on by Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon around a WWI medic, Stephen Warner. Also on display will be the poignant belongings of two young privates, Harry Carter and William Marmon, whose bodies were only discovered in the Somme a few years ago and identified through DNA testing.
The exhibition will be opened by Major Peter Williamson on Monday 1 October. Also attending will be many of the schoolchildren from Springfield Primary School, older people who attend the Golden Oldies sessions around the city, and members of the British Legion and other invited guests.
Entry to 'We Will Remember Them' is free and the Museum is open Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm (closed Fridays in term-time), Saturdays 10am-5pm, and Sundays 1pm-4pm.
Discover more about Chelmsford Museum at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums.
Tuesday 9 October