Trent to Trenches - Great War exhibition
26 July-16 November 2014 - Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
A major new exhibition to commemorate the Great War at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery will include accounts of how today’s army families cope with the impact of war. Funding from the Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts has enabled an artist and writer to work with families to recreate The Wipers Times, a renowned trench magazine, originally published by Nottingham’s Sherwood Foresters whilst fighting on the front line 1914-1918.
The Trent to Trenches exhibition explores the experiences of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire people during the Great War, at home and in the trenches using powerful photographs, diaries, letters and artefacts, including paintings and prints created by official war artists during the conflict. The Museum was also keen to include a contemporary perspective, by including work made by artists today.
The New Wipers Times is a graphic anthology developed by writer Helen Cross and artist Carol Adlam with army families, including local Beavers and Cubs whose fathers are serving in the army, based at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, Nottingham - itself the site of the massive No. 6 National Shell Filling Factory during the Great War. The Welfare personnel at the barracks generously supported the project, promoting the opportunity to take part, seeing the wider benefits for individuals, families and the community at the barracks.
The inspiration for how families might express their stories and ideas came from The Wipers Times, original copies of which are included in the Trent to Trenches exhibition. In early 1916 the 12th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters came across an abandoned printing press and began a publication that consisted of poems, reflections, wry in-jokes and lampoons of the military situation (‘Wipers’ was itself a pun on ‘Ypres’, the Flemish town at the centre of the 1914-1918 battlefields of the ‘Ypres Salient’, which was razed to the ground during four years of fighting). In 2013 a BAFTA nominated BBC2 drama, ‘The Wipers Times’, written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, was televised increasing interest in this fascinating aspect of the Great War.
The Trent to Trenches exhibition also features the Eleven Eleven Eleven community history project, developed by a diverse group of volunteers who have been working with Nottingham’s cultural communities. Throughout the exhibition period there will be a wide range of events and activities for all the family.
For further information about all the projects which are included in the Trent to Trenches exhibition visit: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/27668/Trent-to-Trenches-Exhibition-at-Nottingham-Castle
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