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WWI memorabilia wanted by Enfield Council

Published Thursday, 03 October 2013

Do you have any artefacts related to WWI? Then Enfield Council want to hear from you!

wwi Local people are being urged to lend items relating to Enfield during World War One to Enfield Council so they can form part of a special exhibition about the conflict planned for next year 

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, which finally ended in 1918 having claimed millions of lives around the world, and historians in the borough are especially keen to hear from anyone with items relating to the Home Front, Armistice Day celebrations, military hospitals in the area or the Royal Small Arms Factory based in Enfield.

The exhibition will be on display at the Dugdale Centre from March next year and will explore the role Enfield residents played during the war, and how it affected their lives and the borough. It will also explore nationally significant events that took place locally such as the Cuffley Airship crash in 1916, during which Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson became the first British pilot to shoot down a German airship, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroism during the incident.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism, Cllr Bambos Charalambous, said: “Enfield played a unique part in World War One, in no small part because the Lee Enfield Factory in the borough produced more than two million rifles for our armed forces during the conflict.

“This borough really was the armoury for the British Army during this dreadful conflict, but while making a magnificent contribution to the war effort, the people of our borough suffered terribly during the war years.

“We would like people to have a look and see if there are any pieces of World War One memorabilia that they would be willing to lend to Enfield Museum Service, or any stories they can tell the team that can help build up a picture of the people of Enfield and how they coped during these dark and difficult times.

“I hope this exhibition will provide a moving and poignant reminder of a past era which will paint a vivid picture of a bygone age, while also starkly demonstrating the unremitting horror of war and the carnage it caused both here and on the battlefields of Europe. “

To get in touch with the museum service contact:

Email: Museum

Call: 020 8379 2693, 020 8379 1462 or 020 8379 1469

Address: Enfield Museum, Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road Enfield EN2 6DS

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