Students from West Somerset College are working with The Museum of Somerset on a new exhibition to mark one hundred years since the end of the First World War.

With local film maker Richard Tomlinson the history students are helping to create an audio-visual installation exploring how the conflict affected Somerset people. The installation will be part of the Museum’s exhibition ‘Faces of Conflict: Somerset and the First World War.’ Victoria Crosses awarded to soldiers from Somerset during the war will also be displayed. The exhibition opens on Saturday 10 November.

“Our history students feel incredibly privileged to be involved in this unique and exciting project with the South West Heritage Trust. They have learnt a huge amount about the research and work that is necessary to curate a museum exhibition as well as gaining a real insight into the role that Somerset played in the First World War.  A truly memorable and invaluable experience for all involved.”

Nicola Wainwright, History Teacher at West Somerset College

The participation of the students is part of a new initiative from the South West Heritage Trust called ‘Adventures in Time’. Supported by Arts Council England and the British Museum, ‘Adventures in Time’ is part of the national ‘Museums and Schools’ programme, funded by the Department of Education, which is seeking to increase school pupils’ engagement with museums and culture.

“The project will provide an opportunity for students to explore the impact of the First World War and its legacy in Somerset. We look forward to sharing their work at the forthcoming exhibition.”

Sam Astill, Principal Museum’s Officer for the South West Heritage Trust

West Somerset College students visit the Imperial War Museum (image courtesy of Richard Tomlinson)

Somerset Remembers

The exhibition is open from 10 November and is amongst the activities and events taking place at The Museum of Somerset throughout November to mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice.