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Keep The Home Fires Burning – Exhibition
November 3 - November 18
“Keep the home fires burning” is part 4 in the Wiltshire at War series.
Wiltshire at War is a Heritage Lottery Fund project taking place across Wiltshire until June 2019.
You are invited to examine the growing archive of stories gathered from across Wiltshire and encouraged to share your own accounts of life in Wiltshire between the years 1914 to 1918.
The exhibition explores how the war affected everyday life in Wiltshire, including the new roles taken on by women, rationing, daylight saving, and the refugees who fled to England from Belgium.
It also tells the remarkable story of Dr Elsie Inglis who thought up the idea of treating injured soldiers in mobile hospital units. She proposed the idea to Sir Arthur Sloggett to be met with the riposte “my good lady, go home and sit still. We don’t want petticoats here.”
She went home and set about raising funds to set up hospitals and field units across Europe.
The exhibition can be viewed whenever the library (Bridge Street) is open (closed on Tuesday), as well as Sunday afternoons when the museum is open between 2 – 4 pm.