Keep the home fires burning: WWI exhibit extended to April

And some said it would be over by Christmas…

1916 logoThe acclaimed Remembering 1916 exhibition at Whitgift School, which was due to close yesterday, has had its run extended until April 2017.

Since the exhibit, comprising of hundreds of artefacts from the trenches and the home front of the Frist World War, opened earlier this year, it has been visited by nearly 20,000 people.

The extensively researched exhbition provides a fresh perspective on the battles of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme. Remembering 1916 also reveals a sequence of previously untold stories of individuals, ordinary people with extraordinary lives, including the touching diaries of one young volunteer nurse from Croydon who encountered the after-effects of total war as she went about her duties.

These lives, events and themes of 1916 are illustrated by more than 600 original artefacts, many of which have never been on public display before.

Art lovers can take in examples of contemporary work in a broad range of styles. Highlights include a stunning set of pastel portraits of Allied soldiers by Swiss artist, Eugene Burnand; a series of hard-hitting graphic political cartoons by Dutch artist, Louis Raemaekers; examples of work by the “soldiers’ cartoonist”, Bruce Bairnsfather; and a selection of recruitment posters.

Tickets are £7 for adults, with various concessions, including for Croydon residents, whose tickets are £5 (you will need to provide proof of address), and the exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm (last ticket at 4pm) seven days a week.

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