Saturday, 5 November 2016

Heart of Conflict - the details

A young woman in Cornwall's Land Army in WW1
I've been posting updates on production and research so often on Heart of Conflict... Perhaps it's time to publish the nitty gritty: 

Our new exhibition Heart of Conflict: Cornwall’s World War One will open at the Royal Cornwall Museum on 17 December 2016 and run until the end of June 2017. 

We’ve worked closely with local historians, volunteers and community groups to gather stories and material to display.

Thousands of men and women left Cornwall between 1914-18 to endure terrible hardship fighting the Germans in France and further afield. For those left behind, these were years of privation, anxiety, grief and extraordinary sacrifice.

Heart of Conflict – funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – looks at how people  kept body and soul together during those years, how they lived and how they loved. It features some previously  untold stories of human bravery and endurance.

We throw a spotlight on families who struggled to make ends meet while waiting for their men and sons to return home, and young women who worked on the land, in munitions factories and in the mines. It also tells the stories of men forced to stay at home to do vital work such as mining, farming or fishing to keep the war machine going.
  • Heart of Conflict opens on 17 December 2016 and runs until 30 June 2017 at the Royal Cornwall  Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ. Tel: 01872 272205. For more information email enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk
  • Museum opening times over Christmas and the New Year: The museum will be closed 24th-27th December and the 2nd January.
  • Normal opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4.45pm. Last admission 4pm. Open Bank Holidays. Admission charge £5.50 (including a £1 voluntary donation). Free for Under 16s.