Emotional new WWI exhibition set to launch in Barnsley

Coun Roy Miller of Barnsley.
Coun Roy Miller of Barnsley.
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An emotional new exhibition detailing soldiers’ personal experiences of the Battle of the Somme is set to be launched in Barnsley.

The ‘Stories of the Somme’ display at the Experience Barnsley Museum will tell the story of the bloodiest battle in the British Army’s history through the eyes of Barnsley people.

Around 300 Barnsley men lost their lives at the Somme - regarded as the bloodiest battle of the First World War - including many of which who were part of the 13th/14th Yorks and Lancaster Regiment - famously known as the Barnsley Pals.

The exhibition will explore soldiers’ personal experiences and also the conflict’s effect on families back home. There will be objects and letters on display dating back to the time.

Councillor Roy Miller, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesperson for place, said the exhibition “brings to life the harrowing stories of the local men involved and gives a rare insight into their lives on the battlefield and back home in Barnsley.”

Alongside the exhibition, there will be a range of activities and talks taking place including a poetry competition called ‘Remembering the Great War’. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to see a stunning piece of public art honouring soldiers who fell during the conflict.

The exhibition will launch on Wednesday, August 24, and runs until Sunday, November 20.

It is part of a wider programme of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.