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A FREE exhibition exploring the experiences of people from the North West during the First World War will be launched in Salford this weekend.
Imperial War Museum North, in Salford Quays, will run ‘From Street to Trench: A World War That Shaped A Region’ from 5 April to 31 May.
It is the largest ever exhibition of its kind and marks 100 years on from the start of the war.
Imperial War Museum North will host a new WW1 exhibition
Rare manuscripts offering an insight into famous war poet Wilfred Owen’s time with the Manchester Regiment are on display, as well as a letter from the South Lancashire Regiment’s Clement Attlee, who would later go on to become Labour Prime Minister.
Director of Imperial War Museum North, Graham Boxer, said: “The objects we display highlight the poignancy and courage of people who shaped and were shaped by this first global conflict.
“Even a century later there are stories untold, experiences undiscovered and tales that will surprise.”
‘From Street to Trench’ will feature a collection of personal objects, film, audio, photographs, artworks and letters, a number of which will be on display to the public for the first time.
Wilfred Owen’s Manchester Regiment march through France
The exhibition is one of many events taking place in the area over the coming weeks commemorating 100 years since the start of the War.
Salford Community Leisure is running a series of art workshops throughout April encouraging people to come together to capture their thoughts and feelings around the First World War.
The workshops are free and will be hosted in local libraries in Pendleton and Ordsall, and also offer the opportunity for people to get involved with other projects such as community blogging, as well as a visit to the exhibition at Imperial War Museum itself.
Dr Brian Hall, a lecturer in Contemporary Military History at The University of Salford, believes that it is important for people in the region to come together to commemorate the efforts of those who were involved in the 1914-1918 conflict.
“Salford’s relationship with the First World War is very significant,” he said.
“Just as in other towns and cities across the country, Salford suffered its fair share of tragedy. The Salford Pals Battalion were almost completely wiped out on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
The Lancashire Fusiliers war memorial in Salford
“Not commemorating the sacrifices made by those who lived, worked, fought and died during the war is, in my mind, to belittle everything that they believed in and felt was worth fighting for.”
For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website http://www.iwm.org.uk
To get involved with the free art workshops, contact Salford Community leisure: firstname.lastname@example.org