Beverley First World War Commemorative Exhibition Looks At Local Scene

Beverley Guildhall

The is taking part in the East Riding’s centenary commemorations with an exhibition that looks at the impact of the war in .

The new exhibition, “Keeping the Home Fires Burning: how the was felt in ”, opens on Friday 6 June in one of the newly refurbished exhibition rooms at the .

The curator of the Guildhall, , said,

“We are pleased to be part of the commemorations, and especially with our superb new exhibition room, which has been made possible with a grant from Arts Council England as part of the “Joining Up the Humber ” project.”

“Our exhibition takes a slightly different approach to many of the others you will see because we look at how the war was felt within the town itself.”

Fiona added:

“One of our volunteers trawled through the local newspapers for every week of the war and pulled out some fascinating facts about the period. Did you know, for example, that when zeppelin raids were threatened, the scouts cycled round the town blowing their whistles, and the gas works reduced the pressure, resulting in the lights dimming in every house?

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“Or that residents were asked to collect fruit stones and nut shells to make anti-gas masks for the troops? The exhibition is full of such interesting snippets – never mind about the significant events that were happening over in Europe.”

“Keeping the Home Fires Burning” will run from 6 June to 29 November. The Guildhall is open from 10am to 4pm every Friday, and from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays until the end of October. Admission is free.”

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