War exhibition at Grantham Museum will focus on people’s personal stories

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To mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Grantham Museum is staging an exhibition and events exploring the experiences of Grantham people in world events of 1914-18.

Launching in November, the exhibition will focus on one local family’s story throughout this period and the links we all share through our own family histories.

Unique material never before seen by the public will expose some of the personal stories behind the famous events. Visitors will be able see films produced with three Grantham people reflecting on the experiences of a local family 100 years ago.

The wider impact of the war on Grantham people will be explored. For example, Edith Smith became Britain’s first female police officer in Grantham as women’s role in society changed. Local industries and their workers played a critical role in the war effort and Grantham engineers produced all manner of products for the military during the Great War.

We will also examine the story of the Machine Gun Corps raised and trained at Belton Park. Their role in trench warfare and the impact of their bravery in being the first unit to ride (Lincoln built) tanks into battle helped unlock the stalemate on the Western Front.

Exhibition director Christine Robbins said: “It is such an important subject for the museum to cover in order to share what happened locally during a period of time that should never be forgotten.

“It is the latest in a long line of hugely successful exhibitions this year and the subject of World War One is something that we are extremely proud of doing justice.”

The exhibition will be open from November 1.