Free talk at World War I 'Letters Home' Exhibition at Northwich's Lion Salt Works Museum | Knutsford Times

Free talk at World War I ‘Letters Home’ Exhibition at Northwich’s Lion Salt Works Museum

By on October 31, 2018

On Saturday 3 November, award-winning Great War researcher, Nigel Meyrick, will be giving a free talk about the poignant World War I exhibition curated by him called ‘Letters Home – Communications on the Front’. The exhibition features loans by Cheshire residents. For more information call 01606 275066 and for further information go to www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Nigel Meyrick will offer insights and background stories about the exhibits and the people who have felt moved to lend these evocative items to the exhibition between 2pm and 3.30pm. The exhibition, being held at Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich is on until 16 November.Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing, Cheshire West & Chester Council, said: “This exhibition is based on WWI letters, postcards and personal items and tells the story of love and endurance in the face of hardship. Thanks to Nigel for his work on this exhibition, that followed a series of World War I roadshows across Cheshire for four years.”

The roadshows unearthed letters and memorabilia that brings to life the human stories behind what life was like for people at the battlefront and for those who remained behind. For instance, the letter from a Cheshire soldier containing two pressed daisies he picked from the trench wall.  The exhibition combines these items with unseen material from private collections, including material translated from French, Welsh and Suetterlin (a form of early German).

The exhibition is curated by Nigel Meyrick, North West winner of the Marsh Trust Volunteer Award, in conjunction with dedicated volunteers and Museum staff. He said: “It is an intensely personal experience reading another person’s first-hand account of the First World War. You realise afresh that each person caught up in the war was someone just like us and this is particularly humbling when, from our viewpoint in history, we know the huge personal sacrifices that were made by this generation.”

For more information, contact:  Fiona Young, Marketing Cheshire on 01244 851867

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