Nottinghamshire marks centenary of WW1 with a year of events

ImageVenues across the county are to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.

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The Trent to Trenches Programme, which is part of a national movement led by the Imperial War Museums, will showcase how the conflict was a catalyst for huge social and economic change in the communities of Nottinghamshire.

A major programme of events and activities will be taking place throughout 2014 and will kick off on Saturday with an exhibition at the Mansfield Museum.

Museum Curator Liz Weston said: “ The First World War is a very historic event with huge national awareness, which is why we felt we needed to be part of it.

“We will be holding three exhibitions throughout the year and the first will explore the many different nursing organisations that served in the war and the experiences of the nurses themselves.”

The exhibition, entitled Everybody’s Darling: The First World War Nurse, will include a host of illustrations, postcards, artefacts and interactive games to inspire the young and old to connect with the stories and lives of those involved.

Amongst the 100 scheduled events, highlights will include live theatre and music performances and a major living history event at the Rufford Abbey Country Park.

Ms Weston added: “ The war had a huge impact on the 20th century and to prove this we will be ceasing exhibitions in 2015, 2016, 2017 and will return in 2018 to celebrate the end of the war.”

In 2010, the City Council approved plans to build a large scale exhibition at  Nottingham Castle to commemorate the centenary and the 10,000 men from the county who died. The exhibition will span the first floor of the castle and will run from August 4 until Armistice Day on November 11.

The first exhibition will run from February 8 until March 29 at the museum on Leeming Street, Mansfield.

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