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WW1 exhibition opens at Mall

A Royal Irish Fusilier in a trench at Gallipoli in 1915 tries to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position ( IWM (Q 13447)

A Royal Irish Fusilier in a trench at Gallipoli in 1915 tries to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position ( IWM (Q 13447)

Craigavon Borough needs YOU to delve into the detailed history of World War One, with an historic exhibition starting tomorrow (Saturday) at Portadown’s High Street Mall.

It will be opened at 11am by Mayor Colin McCusker as part of the town’s marking of the outbreak of the Great in which so many local heroes perished.

Organised by Craigavon Museum Services, the exhibition- entitled ‘Living with World War 1: Life in what is now the Craigavon Borough 1912-1918’ - has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the council (CBC).

It will be on display in the High Street Mall, Portadown, during August and September and will explore how local life in Lurgan, Portadown and the surrounding rural areas was affected during both the lead up to War and after its declaration.

Themes showcased in the exhibition will include pre-war life, the 1912-1914 Home Rule crisis, recruitment, the home front and experiences of war.

A combination of documentary sources, text, photographs, film footage, models and artefacts will be used to tell this fascinating story. Many of the items, including artefacts loaned from the Armagh County Museum and the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, will be displayed for the first time ever.

David Weir, Curator (Acting) at Craigavon Museum Services, comments “This exhibition has been organised as part the Councils’ WW1 commemorations.

It will showcase what life was like in and around Craigavon during this time and will provide in-depth information on the Great War. Come along and find out more.”

In addition, tomorrow (Saturday) Crafty Belfast (www.crafty-belfast.com) will be in attendance, providing vintage hairstyling from the era, in the Downton Abbey inspired Blacker’s Boutique for free!

The exhibition will run from tomorrow to Saturday, September 13 at the High Street Mall, opening Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free.

For further information, contact Craigavon Museum Services on (028) 3832 2205.

 
 
 

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