On Friday 22 April, Cllr Simon Hancock, curator of Haverfordwest Town Museum, officially opened the new WWI exhibition at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.
Hon Curator of Tenby Museum, Neil Westerman introduced Simon and gave thanks to various people – Collections Manager Mark Lewis who had created, written and curated the exhibition; the history department of Greenhill School who had provided an audio-visual presentation for the show; The Tin Shed Experience, Laugharne who had loaned several artefacts to the exhibition and the Heritage Lottery Fund who had funded the exhibition.
Simon said, “I am honoured to open this exhibition, Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty, which is of the highest calibre. I would also like to congratulate Tenby Museum on their book Tenby Remembers, which is rich in fascinating detail of Tenby’s servicemen and women. World War One was an unprecedented experience, and some of the artefacts in this exhibition make you break out in a cold sweat. It was a blood sacrifice that the people of Tenby, and every other community in Britain, gave to the war. It was an international conflict that was organised locally and which affected every facet of life. The war had so many impacts, both military and civilian. The exhibition gives a first class look into the impact of the war on the community of Tenby and whereas many other WWI shows concentrate fully on the military side of the war, this exhibition gives a real insight into the way civilian life was affected. Many congratulations!”
The museum is open daily (10am- 5pm) and the exhibition, Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty: Tenby and World War One runs until August. The publication, Tenby Remembers, is available from the museum shop at £6.99. On the evening of Friday 29 July, Simon Hancock will be giving a talk at the museum entitled Women and the First World War. For further details please contact the museum on 01834 842809.