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Life In The Trenches

Keep Museum

6:53am 24th July 2014
(Updated 1:00pm 24th July 2014)

A new exhibition which tells the story of life in the trenches during the First World War has been opened in Dorchester by Kate Adie.

The former war correspondent and local resident made a speech before cutting the ribbon at The Keep Military Museum.

The exhibition is an interactive learning resource that was built with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Grant of more than £50,000.

The display includes various cabinets containing detailed information and propaganda from World War One as well as a room which has been turned into a trench, creating an interactive experience for all ages.

The exhibition will alter and change as the World War centenary years pass over the next four years.

Chris Copson, Curator at the Museum told Wessex FM what there is to get involved with.

''You can come and learn about your local regiments and the sort of things they did during the first World War.

''We aim to make it a bit more tactile so you can come here and pick up a rifle, try on a uniform, you can sit behind a machine gun. I always aim to make it as hands on as possible.''

In Kate Adie's speech she highlighted that the museum will bring World War One to life.

She told Wessex FM why remembrance is so important.

''It was such an extraordinary war which changed everyone's lives, really, no one stood apart from it and this museum, this exhibition shows you just a fraction of what it was like and the men who went from Dorset to the Great War.''

The exhibition also features artefacts from the local community. Janette Millard from Weymouth showed Wessex FM two love letters that she donated to the museum.

Janette was the niece of Birdie Loder, the sweetheart of Lance Corporal Horace Collier of Cerne Abbas who was killed in action in October 13th 1915 fighting in north of Bethune.

Janette read Wessex FM the end of the letter.

''When I come back if I ever do, I will take great care to make up for lost time.  I don't think you need write until I let you know if we are in a settled place. I think this is all this time, I remain yours till death, Horace Collier''

As well as Janette Millard and Kate Adie, Lord Lieutenant was also present at the opening.

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