York Army Museum’s First World War Centenary commemoration plans
For the First World War Centenary, York Army Museum is focusing on telling individual stories about people and discussing the impact the war had on local towns and cities.
The museum believes it is important for the public to know these tales, in order to preserve an accurate vision of what life was like during the First World War, as often the reality of the period is lost amid the alarming numbers of soldiers, battles and casualties that resulted from it. By explaining the war through the perspective of an individual, or through the lens of a familiar place, visitors are more likely to engage and connect with the period, creating a lasting impact which may generate further interest.
The museum intends to tell the story of the local regiments in the First World War, and how these relate to the region and people that York Army Museum represents. It will be doing this through a series of innovative and engaging temporary exhibitions and events. The emphasis will be firmly on individual, local stories and connections, which will engage people across the region and beyond, from all walks of life.
The museum is currently hosting The Yorkshire Pals exhibition, which runs from 16 January to 5 June 2016, telling the tale of the Leeds, Bradford and Hull Pals Battalions. Through careful research and public participation, the museum has been able to uncover some fascinating stories of people from the region. Sharing them with the public has created significant interest from families and the media.
The Yorkshire Pals will be followed later in the year by a Somme exhibition, focusing on the impact the Somme offensive had on the people of Yorkshire. Further, themed exhibitions are planned over the next two years, commemorating women in war across the last century, the centenary of the capture of Oppy Wood, and the story of the last 100 days of the First World War. These exhibitions will also be mobilised to other venues across Yorkshire to emphasise the strengths of the museum’s collection and the important stories it has to tell.
Visit the York Army Museum’s website to find out more.