Barnsley Museums Remembers the Great War

Barnsley Museums Remembers the Great War

Experience Barnsley, the town’s award winning museum, will host their final exhibition in a trilogy remembering the First World War.

The third instalment, ‘1918: The Great War Ends’, marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the conflict and commemorates the last few months of the war.

The exhibition which follows on from 2014’s, Road to War and 2016’s, Stories of the Somme, focuses on the heart wrenching memories of the brave Barnsley soldiers who fought in those final battles. As well as recounting stories of life on the front line, though objects, letters and personal belongings the exhibition also explores the impact the war had on those who returned.

Running from Saturday, 27 October until Sunday, 31 March, visitors can discover the real life experiences of Barnsley soldiers, what they saw, heard and felt. As well as the long lasting effect the war had on the people of the area and future generations.

The museum has worked closely with the local community to unearth and capture these memories, creating a moving display honouring those who fought so bravely for the future of others.

As part of the free exhibition there will be a series of events, talks and film showings taking place. From poppy making and a screening of Goodbyeee the iconic final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth to special wartime family history surgeries and a trilogy of lectures from Historian Paul Reed.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We owe so much to the courageous soldiers who fought in the First World War and we are pleased that we can honour their memories in this way.  ‘1918: The Great War’ Ends’ is a fitting finale to a series of exhibitions commemorating the conflict and unmissable for anyone who has connections to those involved.”

The exhibition is part of a series of events, services and activities’ happening throughout Barnsley as the borough remembers 100 years since the end of the First World War.

For more information about the exhibition and the events taking place visit www.experience-barnsley.com.

For full listings of events happening throughout the region visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/barnsleyremembers