Experience a World War One trench, learn about life on the front lines 100 years ago and find out about our local heroes.
To mark the centenary of the First World War, the museum is working with partners including the Blue School and Cathedral School, the Cathedral and the Wells Branch of the Royal British Legion to create a four-year exhibition and programme of events. The exhibition opened in August 2014.
This gallery, which opened in August 2014, marks the centenary of the start of the First World War.
The exhibition tells the story of the dramatic events of one hundred years ago. The display allows visitors to experience the sights and sounds of the trenches, and to see and learn about curious and disturbing artefacts, as well as discovering the stories of individuals from Wells and the surrounding villages. The displays cover the home front and the fighting fronts, using material from the City Archives, the museum’s collections of images and artefacts, and a wide range of objects, which have been generously lent to the Wells Remembers Project. These include the Knight Collection - a fascinating collection of weapons, uniforms and equipment.
Funding for this project is gratefully acknowledged from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£8,500) along with a matching contribution from local donors.
Photographs by Mark Gonzo Lumley