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Travelling exhibition of wartime Worcestershire set to arrive at Redditch Library

Correspondent 23rd May, 2018

REDDITCH residents will be able to find out how the First World War affected people across the county thanks to a new travelling exhibition.

‘The People’s Collection’ is visiting seven venues across Worcestershire reaching Redditch Library from June 21 to July 20 before culminating in an exhibition at The Hive in Worcester to coincide with the Armistice in November.

The project, part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme, has been four years in the making with the team collecting letters, photographers and objects from across the County.

Free to enter, as well as Redditch it will be visiting Bromsgrove, Malvern, Bewdley, Pershore and The Almonry Heritage Centre before coming together at The Hive in Worcester.

Each exhibition will feature stories relevant to that specific location as well as information relevant to the County as a whole.

In Bromsgrove people will be able to find out what life was like for Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurses through the letters of Rachel Lyttelton.

Visitors to the Redditch exhibition will learn about the Royal Enfield motorcycles used at the front while military tribunals will reveal the lives of conscripted men.

Gillian Roberts, Worcestershire World War One Hundred Project Officer said: “The people of Worcestershire have been hugely generous in sharing their family stories with us and we have created a fantastic record of the impact World War One had on our county from what was happening at the Front to developments back home in medicine all with personal insight.

“The story is however not complete. We are still researching and would like to expand our collections to get the fullest understanding possible of the role of Worcestershire in the story of the Great War and we will continue to welcome contributions from people across the County.”

For full details on where to visit The People’s Collection and what’s on show visit:

People with stories, letters, objects to share should call 01905 845714 or the website.

The Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme received the largest Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a World War One commemoration outside London, to tell the stories of Worcestershire people, their involvement with and personal legacy from the war.

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