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Exhibitions

WW1 At The Front Branding Artwork

Leicester Remembers the Great War

A series of three exhibitions are planned for New Walk Museum & Art Gallery and Newarke Houses Museum between 2014 - 2018, along with smaller travelling exhibitions and community events at New Parks, Highfields and St Barnabas libraries to commemorate the First World War centenary.

At The Front 1915-1918
On now until 19 February 2017
Newarke Houses Museum

View the exhibition trailer on YouTube

At The Front is part of the nationwide commemoration of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The exhibition and supporting events programme profile the experiences of Leicestershire at the front focussing on the major battles of the Somme, Ypres and campaigns in the Middle East.

The exhibition details the physical welfare and morale of the soldiers and their families using objects, correspondence, posters, maps, a computer timeline, photographs and newly commissioned short films. The exhibition also includes interactives looking at communications between the home and the battle front.

At The Front complements the museum’s permanent galleries dedicated to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment including an atmospheric recreation of a First World War trench.
The exhibition is part of Leicester and Leicestershire's Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme.

Leicester at War 1914-15 touring exhibition


A mobile exhibition bringing to life Leicester during the First World War will be travelling to communities across the city. The travelling display is based on the ‘Leicester At War 1914-1915’ exhibition, which formed part of the city’s war commemorations at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery. Organisations can now book to host the touring exhibition themselves. It is available until the end of 2018. Bookings to host the exhibition can be made to Leicester history curator Philip French, at: philip.french@leicester.gov.uk

Leicestershire Regiment Museum
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment museum trench reconstruction

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment Museum
Newarke Houses Museum

Follow the story of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment reflecting on its many campaigns, individual acts of bravery and the every day life of a soldier. The exhibition looks at Regimental life through the eyes of ordinary soldiers and of the people at home and explores how they were affected by war. Includes a re-constructed trench and displays on World War I. Find out more about this permanent exhibition at Newarke Houses Museum.

How Saxby Street Got Its Name: Great War Exhibition
This is a touring exhibition available for venues. The exhibition has 6 panels forming a triangular structure. There is a panel about soldiers from the area, children, the street name changes, life in two streets in the area - one affluent and one less affluent and people's journeys from other countries. If you are interested in hosting this exhibition, contact Penny Walker: pennywalker@riseup.net / 07414 465695

Libraries Exhibitions

New Parks Library WW1 exhibition
New Parks Library exhibition display

Leicester Remembers World War I
On now until 2016

Highfields Library, 98 Melbourne Road, Leicester LE2 0DS
The exhibition is created using objects loaned by Leicester residents to represent the stories and experiences of their relatives who served in, or lived through, the First World War. Memorabilia and stories have been collected through a number of "memory sessions" held at local libraries, other objects are on loan from Leicester Museums collections, and giant poppies featuring images, poems and letters home from the front have been made by young people from the Highfields Home Schooled Group.

Leicester Remembers World War I
Now Open
St Barnabas Library, French Road, Leicester LE5 4AH

The exhibition consists of objects and stories collected from members of the public to tell the stories and experiences of their relatives in the First World War.

It also includes the St. Barnabas Poppy Challenge textile piece, in which the library craft group in partnership with Leicester Arts & Museums Service have made mixed media poppies for each serviceman listed on the WWI memorial at St. Barnabas church.These are displayed as an art installation at the library. Families have also helped to plant poppies in the garden outside the library.