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Last chance to view World War One Exhibition

Published Friday, 21 November 2014

Have you seen the Enfield at War exhibition?

Time is running out for residents to attend ‘Enfield at War:1914-18’, a free exhibition run by Enfield Council’s Library and Museum Service to mark the centenary of commencement of the First World War.
 
The exhibition officially opened in March and features artefacts, graphics and interactive exhibits about the conflict, which raged from 1914 to 1918.
 
At the outbreak of World War One, Enfield was home to the government owned Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield Lock which produced the famous Lee Enfield rifle used by the British Army throughout the conflict.
 
The Museum Service has worked with the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Partnership and is will also be displaying artefacts from several other national institutions – The Royal Armouries, the Science Museum, and the ‘Firepower’ Royal Artillery Museum.
 
They also sourced a soundtrack of music from the era and commissioned a drama character – ‘Cecil Arnold - a local journalist who witnessed the shooting down of the Cuffley airship’. There are dressing up costumes for children and interactive exhibits for all. The exhibition is on until 11 January 2015 at the Enfield Museum, Ground Floor, Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House.
 
Two publications are also available to accompany the exhibition: an expanded second edition of the classic ‘Enfield at War:1914-18’ and ‘Enfield’s night to remember’ the story of the shooting down over the borough of the SL11 airship in September 1916.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan said: “This exhibition looks at how this devastating war affected the residents of Enfield – both in the trenches and on the home front- and I’d encourage residents to pay it a visit and learn more about how World War One affected the borough in which we live.
 
“We should never forget the horror or degradation caused by World War One, both for the soldiers who fought in the trenches and the civilian population, and this exhibition is a way of remembering those who suffered and gave their lives during this conflict, while also noting and acknowledging the contribution and sacrifice the people of Enfield made to the war effort.”

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