Reading Museum wants your wartime memoriesBy Sally Bryant
November 08, 2012
Reading Museum wants your family’s wartime pictures and stories in readiness for a major exhibition in 2014.
‘Reading at War’ will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War – and the wheels are in motion to make sure it is an unforgettable tribute.
A Flickr group has been launched to coincide with Remembrance Sunday.
Curators are urging people to post pictures from their family albums and the stories they hear at every family gathering – and it is not just old snapshots, like the poignant picture below outside Battle Hospital, that are needed.
The aim is to capture how Reading has fared at times of war from the Danish invasion in 871AD to the most recent conflicts.
The exhibition will also cover Reading people’s responses to war and related issues, so whereas you may not have any First World War mementos to share, you may be able to dig out that snap of you, complete with ‘make love not war’ T-shirt, on a peace march in the 1960s.
The Blagrave Street museum will also be adding imagery from its nationally recognised archives and pictures provided by 7th Battalion Rifles at Brock Barracks.
As well as making an online collection, pictures from the Flickr group may be printed to make a display as part of the 2014 exhibition. They may also be a feed to the gallery, so that visitors can access it online as well as viewing exhibits.
Rebecca James, from the museum, said: “Our plan for the exhibition in 2014 is to look at how Reading has been impacted by war from the very earliest times, right up to the present day. By contributing to the museum’s Flickr group we hope that Reading people will discover more about how the town’s history has been shaped.”
Visit www.flickr.com/groups/readingatwar to add your pictures and stories and help the war exhibition effort.