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Stowmarket Remembers Exhibition

13 Oct 2018 - 11 Nov 2018

Stowmarket museum to host centenary exhibition

The ‘Stowmarket Remembers’ exhibition will be displayed in  Abbot’s Hall Barn from the 13 October – 11 November 2018.

Stowmarket Remembers has been created by the Royal British Legion to mark the end of the First World War centenary. Five local primary schools and a home education group have been involved in the arts, crafts and literary project. The project aims to provide a practical and positive learning experience, enabling young people to appreciate the value and importance of remembrance and commemoration in the context of the centenary and later conflicts. The work that has come out of the workshops at the schools will form the exhibition which will be on display at the museum, Stowmarket Library and St Peter & St Mary’s Parish Church.

As well as the work by the pupils, the exhibition also includes the unveiling of a poppy curtain, the result of 5000 poppies knitted by members of the community. The poppies, Stowmarket’s own mini ‘Tower of London’ effort is displayed on a camouflage net kindly donated by RAF Honington, attached with cable ties donated from Jewsons and Travis Perkins and put together by RAF Cadets from 1331 Stowmarket Squadron.

There will be a number of other exhibitors including the RAF Air Cadets who will focus on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF. This will dovetail with other work done by a local primary school on World War 2 following a visit to Duxford Museum.  The 1st and 3rd Stowmarket Scouts are also researching the “names” on the war graves in the local cemetery so that profiles can be exhibited and also read at the 11am service to be held on 8th November 2018 at 248 cemeteries across Suffolk where war graves can be found.

The exhibition is free to visit and will be open during normal museum opening hours Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm, with the exception of the 4th and 5th November when the museum is closed.