August 27th 2014
The Proudest Uniform
Our latest exhibition was launched at a Friends' Preview on Monday August 4th, exactly 100 years since the declaration of war in 1914. The title of the exhibition is taken from a letter to the parents of a sailor lost at sea in which the writer says: 'Remember that the proudest uniform a mother can wear is mourning for her son who gave his life for his country.'
The main focus of the exhibition is the display of brief biographies - with photographs and other documents where we have them - of the men whose names are inscribed on Mere's War Memorial. The underlying work has been carried out by an experienced ancestry researcher who has made many surprising discoveries in the course of her work.
A book about the soldiers from Mere who died in WW1. It has been researched and written by Angela McDonald and is on sale for £7.50
But this is not all! The exhibition also features similar short accounts and photos of some of the men who came back from the war, some very damaged. This section of the exhibition is by no means complete - anyone who has information about other survivors of Mere and district should contact the curators via this website.
Finally the exhibition explores the life and work of the Red Cross Hospital which was set up in The Grove Buildings in 1914 until 1919. Lots of photographs including many of the soldiers, nurses and doctors are on display, together with several medical implements which were actually used at the hospital. The tonsil guillotine is pretty daunting!
The exhibition will run until the end of December 2014. Please see the Home Page for our opening hours..