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Exhibition marks 100th anniversary of start of First World War
SALISBURY’S Rifles Museum is planning a special exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
The museum in The Close will have new permanent displays showing First World War artefacts as well as a temporary exhibition entitled 1914 The Country Goes to War.
Curator Jackie Dryden said: “This first exhibition will concentrate on mobilization from life as a civilian to the conscripts and onto the front line.
“We will be using photographs, weapons, medals, artefacts and original documents from our own collection.
“Among the new displays will be an exhibition about the machine gun and we will have on display three of those used during the First World War – The Lewis, Vickers and Maxim guns.”
The exhibition will give the museum an opportunity to display more of the 11,439 objects in its collection that date back to the First World War.
The Royal Berkshire Regiment sent 13 battalions into battle, earned 55 honours and lost 6,688 men while the 11 Wiltshire battalions earned 60 battle honours and lost nearly 5,000 soldiers.
Events and activities are being planned across the city to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war and the museum hopes that schoolchildren and many members of the public will visit to understand the role that local soldiers played in the trenches.
The museum is also working on an updated exhibition showing the involvement of the Rifles Regiment in Afghanistan.
And it currently has a special exhibition dedicated to the soldiers who served with The Royal Berkshire and The Wiltshire Regiments who won the country’s highest award for bravery the Victoria Cross.
The Victoria Cross Exhibition has been running throughout this year, displaying seven VC medals and one replica. The exhibition tells the stories of the men who won the medals accompanied by photographs, artefacts and documents, as well as the tales of other local soldiers awarded the VC, but whose medals are not on display.
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