Military Wives choir sings at war exhibition launch

Published on: 02 May 2016


A NEW exhibition is touring local libraries as part of South Gloucestershire’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.
It was launched at Emersons Green Library by council chairman Erica Williams. The Bristol Military Wives Choir sang songs from the era.
The display is at Emersons Green until May 2 and will be in Staple Hill in June and Downend in September.
It focuses on the social impact of the war in South Gloucestershire, displaying photographs and information about the war’s effects on local women, scouts and even animals, along with information about some of the entertainment and sport that was enjoyed at the time.
Visitors will learn about the contribution made by the women left at home in South Gloucestershire and the local animals that were requisitioned and sent into battle. The exhibition features pictures of local people entertaining themselves with theatre productions and concerts.
There is also information about the 1st Downend scout group memorial, local sporting activities, and the fascinating story about the soldier who went through the entire war alongside his horse and then rode it all the way back to the UK from Russia.
As part of the exhibition, the library service has additionally recommended a range of books about the First World War (fact and fiction) for both adults and children, which are available to borrow through all of South Gloucestershire’s libraries.
Councillor Heather Goddard said: “South Gloucestershire’s libraries have been working with local schools and heritage groups to collate archive material such as letters, artefacts and photographs, and also raise awareness of the First World War. The war had an enormous impact on the lives and communities in South Gloucestershire and this exhibition illustrates some of the ways the war affected the lives of ordinary people.”
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