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Exhibitions explore poignant letters sent home during Great War

Two exhibitions exploring the poignant letters written home during the First World War will go on display next week.

The white feather and letter sent to architect William Weller
The white feather and letter sent to architect William Weller

Letters Home looks at different elements of letters written by soldiers on the front to their families back in England, with displays at Bantock House Museum and Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies.

Thoughts and memories of everyday life back home were recorded in letters sent to mothers, wives and sweethearts by young soldiers far away. Their words are contextualised and brought to life in the exhibition at Bantock House Museum where they are presented next to objects which are symbolic of their thoughts and hopes.

The exhibition at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies features a rare white feather letter sent to architect William Weller, wrongly accused of cowardice after he was excused from military service. This aspect of the exhibition looks at conscientious objectors and the reactions of local people to the tribunals.

Letters Home is at Bantock House Museum from Thursday 14 August to Sunday 2 November, 2014, and at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies from Thursday 14 August until Thursday 27 November, 2014. Opening times vary and entrance is free. The Archives will also be displaying the First World War Wolverhampton Roll of Honour, which visitors are invited to look through.

Bantock House Museum will also be staging a free talk in support of the exhibition on Tuesday 2 September while City Archivist Heidi McIntosh will give a talk about the discovery of the white feather at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Friday 15 August and Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies on Wednesday 10 September.

For more information, please visit Wave or call Bantock House Museum on 01902 552195 or Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies on 01902 552480.

The exhibitions are part of a series of events taking place in Wolverhampton between now and 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

  • released: Thursday 7 August, 2014