Search

Dereham museum to take visitors back in time to 1914

10:36 09 May 2014

Sue Walker White and (R) Alison Phillips inside the new Dereham in Peace and War exhibition at Bishop Bonner

Sue Walker White and (R) Alison Phillips inside the new Dereham in Peace and War exhibition at Bishop Bonner's museum. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant © 2014

The sights and sounds of 1914 are set to come alive this weekend as heritage enthusiasts pay tribute to those who served in the Great War.

Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum, in Dereham, will reopen for its summer season with a free family day this Saturday.

The event will focus on the museum’s new display, Dereham in Peace and War 1914, a special commemorative exhibition to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Over the last few months, members of Dereham Antiquarian Society and the Town Archive have been collating as much information as they can about Dereham’s contribution to the Great War.

They have been speaking to relatives of those who served in the war to find out their family stories and have been trawling newspapers to find relevant cuttings and photos.

As part of the display, people will be able to discover what life was like in Dereham before the outbreak of war, how many troops were based in the town and learn about the community effort made to fund a hospital at Dereham’s vicarage.

Saturday’s family day will feature a working 100-year-old motorbike, live music and a wind-up gramophone with original records and a stereo viewer with photocards of the time.

“I think people will be surprised by what technology they had,” said Sue Walker White, museum curator. “There must have been a real buzz of activity around Dereham – the population of the town was about 6,000 which increased by half again with 3,000 soldiers.

“There are a lot of stories to tell – this is just the first year.

“We are going to carry on and, hopefully, we’ll get more people’s stories or people will look at some of the photos and tell us more about what’s in the pictures.”

The free family day will run from 10am to 4pm. Children will be able to decorate the cottage with paper chains, there will be aerial photographs of Dereham on display and the exhibition includes stories of Dereham families including the Milk and Elgen families.

Mrs Walker White added: “We’re trying to do justice to the Dereham lads – the ones that didn’t come home and the ones who did. We will keep telling the stories over the four years of the war.”

Are you organising an event to mark the centenary? EDP Great War correspondent Kim Briscoe is keen to hear from you. Call 01603 772474 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dereham Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dereham Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dereham Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

Yesterday, 17:44
Police have appealed for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Watton

A woman fought off a would-be mugger after he tried to steal her handbag on a pavement in Watton.

Yesterday, 11:44
A woman was taken to hospital after falling from a horse in Hethel.

A man has been taken to hospital after falling down a 10ft shaft at a construction site.

Thu, 19:13
GCSE results at Sprowston High School. Kelsey Andrews, left, who celebrated her birthday as well as her exam results with Alice Trett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

GCSE results in Norfolk and Suffolk have gone up, as schools across the counties reported improvements on last year’s figures.

Thu, 15:35
Students checking their GSCE results at Alderman Peel High School, Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Head teachers praised the achievements and efforts of students in Fakenham, Wells, Dereham, Reepham, Litcham, Watton and Swaffham.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:44
Police have appealed for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Watton

A woman fought off a would-be mugger after he tried to steal her handbag on a pavement in Watton.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 11:44
A woman was taken to hospital after falling from a horse in Hethel.

A man has been taken to hospital after falling down a 10ft shaft at a construction site.

Read more
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Thu, 19:13
GCSE results at Sprowston High School. Kelsey Andrews, left, who celebrated her birthday as well as her exam results with Alice Trett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

GCSE results in Norfolk and Suffolk have gone up, as schools across the counties reported improvements on last year’s figures.

Read more
Thu, 15:35
Students checking their GSCE results at Alderman Peel High School, Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Head teachers praised the achievements and efforts of students in Fakenham, Wells, Dereham, Reepham, Litcham, Watton and Swaffham.

Read more
Peter Devonish
Thu, 08:36
Keep up to date with the latest GCSE exam results with our live map

Our live GCSE results map will show how schools across Norfolk have performed in GCSE exams compared to previous years.

Read more

Most Commented

Yesterday, 17:44
Police have appealed for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Watton

A woman fought off a would-be mugger after he tried to steal her handbag on a pavement in Watton.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 11:44
A woman was taken to hospital after falling from a horse in Hethel.

A man has been taken to hospital after falling down a 10ft shaft at a construction site.

Read more
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Thu, 19:13
GCSE results at Sprowston High School. Kelsey Andrews, left, who celebrated her birthday as well as her exam results with Alice Trett. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

GCSE results in Norfolk and Suffolk have gone up, as schools across the counties reported improvements on last year’s figures.

Read more
Thu, 15:35
Students checking their GSCE results at Alderman Peel High School, Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

Head teachers praised the achievements and efforts of students in Fakenham, Wells, Dereham, Reepham, Litcham, Watton and Swaffham.

Read more
Peter Devonish
Thu, 08:36
Keep up to date with the latest GCSE exam results with our live map

Our live GCSE results map will show how schools across Norfolk have performed in GCSE exams compared to previous years.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dereham Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up