World War 1 exhibition highlights global perspectives of trench life

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A dramatic exhibition at Clitheroe Castle Museum is helping people to discover what life was like for eight front line soldiers from different armies during World War 1.

The 'Trench Brothers' display tells the story of eight typical soldiers from the Indian Army, the British West Indies Army and the British Army. The exhibition is supported by a programme of family events.

The exhibition, which runs from Sunday 5 November until Sunday 7 January 2018, includes maps tracing the routes taken by the soldiers to the battle and photographs showing their military life and experiences. The display also includes audio recordings of typical letters home from the soldiers, which have been written by children as part of a school project and set to music.

The exhibition includes an additional interactive event on Saturday 11 November. Typical meals that the soldiers would have eaten on each day 100 years ago will be displayed, and compared to the menus of a soldier today. Soldier's uniforms from 1917 and 2017 will be showcased, and visitors will have the chance to wear these. Military experts will also be available to answer any questions.

A Meet the Curator event will take place on Tuesday 28 November. Visitors are welcome to bring along their World War One items to this event. All items can be brought along to the event, but objects specific to the Indian Army, British West Indian Regiment or Black Soldiers in the British Army during World War One will be of particular interest.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "This is an imaginative and inspiring exhibition which shares stories of incredible bravery.

"Soldiers from all corners of the British Empire played an important role in World War One and this exhibition highlights one of the least developed aspects of the conflict's history by relating their experiences."

The display has been created by Lancashire County Council on behalf of project partner, HMDT Music, an award winning organisation, who develop inspiring music and arts projects to support learning.

Admission to the exhibition is free, but charges apply for entry to the museum.

Museum Admission is £4.30 for adults, £3.20 for concessions. Accompanied children go free.

Limited car parking is available for disabled visitors.

For more information about the exhibition or the family events please phone 01200 424568 or email

More information about Clitheroe Castle and other Lancashire County Council museums is available at

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council's museum service, on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.


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