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Education on love and life during First World War
5:13pm Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
LOVE letters and sketch books from the front line are to help bring home the reality of the First World War at a museum.
York Castle Museum is holding a series of talks and workshops for adults throughout September, which is 1914 month at the attraction.
Visitors will have the chance to see objects in the museum’s collection such as machine guns, paper wedding dresses, love letters and sketch books which capture the horror and humour of life in the trenches.
The workshops are being hosted in York ahead of a major new exhibition at the museum, which will be in place from 2014 and focus on the years of the Great War.
Amy Parkinson, learning manager for York Museums Trust, said: “We have some amazing objects from World War One in our collection here at the museum and we wanted to get some of them out now for people to see and handle.
“It will be a rare chance for people to get up close to these artefacts and to hear their incredible stories from experts.“
Some of the workshops include a look at religion and spirituality amongst soldiers on September 8, the social effects of war on love and marriage on September 15 and 22 with a chance to help create a cardboard wedding cake which were common during the war and a paper wedding dress, which were also used.
On September 21 there will be a look at the development of weapons technology during the war.
More details can be found online at www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk
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