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Bridport Town Hall

11:22am 12th August 2014

Over a hundred people attend the preview on Friday night. Evelyn Stacey, Lottery Committee member, praised the Forum for their track record and stressed how the exhibition showed exactly what the Lottery wanted to see being done with their money and the involvement of so many organisations and members of the community. Bridport’s Mayor Cllr. Maggie Ray thought this was the best exhibition Bridport had seen and asked everyone to tell their friends about it and come and see it.

Doors opened on Saturday morning, several of the stewards dressed for the occasion. Visitors piled in giving the exhibition a real buzz, the children enjoying the rats in the trench. By the end of the day 560 people had come through the door. One boy of about 8 said ‘ I’m pleased I was not alive then’. The exhibition proved very emotional to members of the Murless family who had given permission for their family story to be told as the family in the ‘living room’. The rope and net boards also brought back memories and several visitors were able to recognise family members.

The exhibition is open every day until Monday 25 August, 10.00 – 4.00 in Bridport Town Hall, entrance is free, donations to The Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes. 

The exhibition takes visitors back one hundred years.  A typical ‘living room’ gives a snapshot of the homes men left behind and a walk through a section of a trench shows what was waiting for many of them across the Channel. Visitors are able to ‘enlist’ in a recruiting centre and spend a little time in a French ‘Estaminet’ , drinking Tommy’s favourite brew (without the condensed milk!) and having the opportunity to try some of Muriel’s wonderful cake.

The display boards show various aspects of life at home and abroad during the Great War and the maps showing East, South and West St at the time of the 1911 Census highlight how self sufficient the town was a 100 years ago.   

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