An exhibition supported by Step Short that highlights Folkestone’s important role in the First World War will open to the public in the Sassoon Room of Folkestone Library on Monday, 7 July.
Folkestone in the Great War will include artefacts as well as photographs and has been organised by Step Short in association with Folkestone Camera Club and the Folkestone and District Local History Society.
Library staff are hoping to arrange child-friendly activities in the history resource centre and displays in the local history room at the library during the summer to tie in with the free exhibition, which will remain in place until 21 September and is being staged with generous support from Kent County Council. The displays and activities will complement both the exhibition in the Sassoon Room and the National Army Museum’s major exhibition in the Town Hall.
The NAM exhibition, entitled Your Country Calls – Enlistment to Embarkation, is being staged in partnership with the town council and draws on a host of artefacts, photographs and local stories from the museum’s collection.
The National Army Museum is currently closed for renovation and is staging exhibitions around the country as part of an extensive First World War commemoration programme. Entry to the Folkestone exhibition, which runs from 24 June through to 8 May 2015, is free.
The Sassoon Room exhibition, mainly photographic but with some First World War memorabilia, will cover topics including the Belgian refugees, Folkestone Harbour during the war, recruitment, Shorncliffe Camp, rest camps, the arrival of Canadian troops, the air raid of 25 May 1917 and spies in Folkestone.
Visitors will be able to see an audio-visual display prepared by Folkestone Camera Club showing the town during the First World War, while on some days there will be online access to a database of articles in the local paper of the time about local people who were killed during the war.