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Andover’s Unique Contribution to the First World War

Andover’s unique contribution to the First World War

An exhibition highlighting Andover’s unique contribution to the First World War – entitled Soldiers’ Journey – will open at Andover Museum on October 11.   

The fertile, agricultural land around Andover was vitally important to the war effort and the exhibition will look closely at the work of the Women’s Land Army in the region and the exhibition team have even been able to track down an original Land Army uniform.

One of the highlights of the exhibition will be a miniature model of the ‘Little Giant’ steam engine that was built by local company, Taskers.  The exhibition will also focus on the airfields in the area – in particular the Royal Air Force base at Andover.

“Hampshire played a critical role in the First World War,” explains exhibition curator, Erica Munro. 

“In addition to eight million troops passing through, the county also saw a steady flow of refugees, prisoners of war and over one million wounded soldiers coming back to England.  This rapid and dramatic increase in population also saw the production of food – and the transport of horses, people and munitions – reach higher levels than ever before,” she added.

The exhibition – which has been funded by Arts Council England – will include interactive activities for children as well as an emotive short film with original footage and audio.  It will give visitors the chance to reflect on the momentous events that touched the lives of millions of people and to remember them.  

The exhibition at Andover Museum, 6 Church Close, Andover SP10 1DP runs from October 11 2014 to January 10 2015; entrance is free.