This coming weekend, Saturday 5th April 2014, sees the start of events in Wycombe in commemoration of World War 1.
A special exhibition ‘Wycombe in World War 1’ will open at Wycombe Museum. Exhibits include an actual propeller from one of the aircraft manufactured by local furniture factories.
The exhibition is interactive, with a replica walk in ‘dugout’, handling objects, clothing and music. The exhibition features poignant mementoes – like the 1914 coloured post card of mother and child mourning their absent father sent to a soldier when training with the Royal Field Artillery service at High Wycombe.
Two special exhibits are an embroidered silk handkerchief from France and a piece of souvenir ‘Trench Art’ fashioned by a serving engineer from Broom and Wade as a miniature coal scuttle and made from a brass shell- maybe even a shell manufactured at Dexters Foundry or at the Wethereds Brewery site in Marlow.
The objects tell a wealth of personal stories put in context by carefully prepared texts and evocative sights and sounds.