It will all be over by Christmas – Cricklade Historical Society

Cricklade Historical Society are pleased to announce the launch of their WWI exhibition “It will all be over by Christmas” at the Cricklade Museum, 16, Calcutt Street, Cricklade SN6 6BD.
The exhibition opened to the public on the 31st May 2014 at 10.00am and will evolve until the end of 2018, with fresh material added as events unfold.

The exhibition covers the Call to Arms and who went to war in the early months of the war and reports from Parish Magazines of local men in action in October – November 1914.

We have also researched the Home Front, Cricklade in 1914 including photographs of some properties in 1914 and how they look now. Details of Businesses in Cricklade at the time and information on local dignitaries and public officers. We have tried to capture what Cricklade was like at the time.
We have researched many different items including the “Belgian Refugees,” egg collection, and training undertaken in butter churning.

More generally relating to the whole of WWI, we have a WWI time line.

As well as the Wall display and the display of WWI artefacts there is also an AV presentation which covers Cricklade 1914-1918, about the people and extracts of letters home from the front. This project has popular songs sung by the local choir; music from the Cricklade Band and readings of letters and memories of Cricklade people from this time.

This is a local history community project. Earlier in the year, an appeal was made to members and in local publications for items to be loaned to the museum for this exhibition. We are delighted with the response.

Cricklade Museum is open regularly on Saturday morning between 10.00am – Noon,
also on Wednesday afternoon between 14.00 – 16.00. We will also open for visits outside these times by arrangement in advance with the Chairman of the Cricklade Historical Society, Pam Debenham on 01793 752355.

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