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Sights, Sounds And Smells Of War Brought Back To Life

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7:31am 8th August 2014
(Updated 7:32am 8th August 2014)

The sights, sounds and smells of the First World War are being brought back to life at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester today.

The FREE event marks the centenary of WW1 and will feature talks about the war and what part Dorchester played in it, and you'll even have the chance to sample some trench stew.

A number of local groups have been involved with organising the day, including Dorchester Town Council, Dorset Youth Association, Dorset County Museum, The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester Rotary Club and local historian Brian Bates.

Steve Newman, Deputy Town Clerk for Dorchester Town Council, said: "We've had loads of interest. People are bringing things in to be looked at by our experts from the Keep Military Museum. They can find out what the memorabilia in their loft is and people are excited about that. People are just phoning up and coming to the office asking what's going on and whether they can join in so we've got a good buzz about it at the moment."

"During World War 1, the Keep Military Museum was used as the training barracks for the Dorsetshire regiment and Dorchester became host to one of the largest prisoner of war camps in England. In March 1919 the camp housed nearly 4,500 German Prisoners, which at that time was about half the population of the town."

The day will also see the launch of Dorset Youth Association's Walking in their Shoes project, a trail providing an insight into the life of a Dorset soldier training for the First World War. The trail has been made possible as a result of a £28,200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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