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World War 1 exhibition highlights global perspectives of trench life

A dramatic exhibition at Lancaster Maritime Museum is helping people to discover what life was like for eight front line soldiers from different armies during World War 1.

The ‘Trench Brothers’ display tells the story of eight typical soldiers from the Indian Army, the British West Indies Army and the British Army. The exhibition is supported by a programme of family events.

The exhibition, which runs until Sunday 24 September, includes maps tracing the routes taken by the soldiers to the battle and photographs showing their military life and experiences. The display also includes audio recordings of typical letters home from the soldiers, which have been written by children as part of a school project and set to music.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “This is an imaginative and inspiring exhibition which shares stories of incredible bravery.

“Soldiers from all corners of the British Empire played an important role in World War One and this exhibition highlights one of the least developed aspects of the conflict’s history by relating their experiences.”

The display has been created by Lancashire County Council in partnership with award-winning HMDT Music, who develop inspiring music and arts projects to support learning.

Admission is £3 for adults and £2 for concessions. Local residents and accompanied children go free.

For more information about the exhibition or the family events, email lancastermaritimemuseum@lancashire.gov.uk, or call 01524 382264. Alternatively visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

The Maritime Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council, on behalf of Lancaster City Council.

The exhibition will transfer to Clitheroe Castle from 5 November 2017 until 7 January 2018.

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