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Blackburn Museum's special First World War exhibition

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Museum's special First World War exhibition Blackburn Museum's special First World War exhibition

STUDENTS and staff at Blackburn Museum are working across the generations to produce a special First World War exhibition.

The project will concentrate on the experiences of local soldiers and civilians in the 1914 to 1918 conflict. Curators and experts at the museum have teamed up with students at the University Centre of Blackburn College to produce an exhibition on themes of conflict, change and memory, running from June 7.

It is part of a four year programme of events and activities at Blackburn Museum relating to local experiences of the First World War.

Titled ‘Their Story, Our Story: Responses to Blackburn and Darwen in the Great War’, students of contemporary textiles, fashion and interiors will showcase new pieces of work alongside contemporary artefacts from the museum collection.

Visitors will be encouraged to connect with stories told through personal objects left behind from those affected by what was a world changing conflict.

They will also engage with the processes of the artists and designers in creating their responses to the local experience of war. The exhibition, running from June 7, is the first in what will be a four year programme of events and activities around the centenary of the war.

It aims to be a sensitive reflection on the conflict and a striking display of contemporary art.

The exhibition is one of many events commemorating World War One at the Museum and across the borough sponsored by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The include the refurbishment of the war memorial in the Cathedral grounds and restoration of the full list of names of the dead, poppy plantings and community events using cash from the borough’s ‘Your Call’ initiative.

Details can be found on the website www.blackburn.gov.uk

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5:26pm Sun 11 May 14

onsidecobra says...

Great idea, let us not forget the sacrifice these young men and women made in that most dreadful war, very few Blackburn families at the time were untouched by it. Three great uncles of mine were killed so unfortunately I never met them, but luckily their brother, my grandfather, survived the carnage that was WW1.
Great idea, let us not forget the sacrifice these young men and women made in that most dreadful war, very few Blackburn families at the time were untouched by it. Three great uncles of mine were killed so unfortunately I never met them, but luckily their brother, my grandfather, survived the carnage that was WW1. onsidecobra
  • Score: 12

9:53pm Sun 11 May 14

Excluded again says...

Around 800 000 British service personnel died in the First World War, along with more than 200 000 from other parts of the British Empire.

Overall, around 15 million people are thought to have died in the First World War,

Lest we forget.
Around 800 000 British service personnel died in the First World War, along with more than 200 000 from other parts of the British Empire. Overall, around 15 million people are thought to have died in the First World War, Lest we forget. Excluded again
  • Score: 12

1:57pm Mon 12 May 14

noddy57 says...

Excellent work and if nothing else a true lesson in how not to be dragged into a war of such devastation and futility to the detriment of millions of young men and women who never came home ,,we should always sit round the table at every opportunity and not for a minute contemplate such sacrifices which we don,t need to make in the first place if we only took the time to listen and contemplate the possible consequences of such actions.
Excellent work and if nothing else a true lesson in how not to be dragged into a war of such devastation and futility to the detriment of millions of young men and women who never came home ,,we should always sit round the table at every opportunity and not for a minute contemplate such sacrifices which we don,t need to make in the first place if we only took the time to listen and contemplate the possible consequences of such actions. noddy57
  • Score: 3

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