Pickled plums help commemorate 100 Years since the Outbreak of the Great War
The 4 August will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. Wakefield Museums have been commemorating the Great War throughout the year.
Wakefield Museum has just opened a Great War trail, where a selection of First World War objects have been scattered around the permanent collections illustrating how war affected all areas of life in the district. These objects include a painted ostrich egg, weapons used in the trenches, letters home, and a jar of plums. The plums have a label upon which is written
“Plums, bottled on the first day of the Great War, 1914- 18”
|A painted ostrich egg, brought home by a soldier based in Africa.|
|A trench club|
There is also an exhibition at Pontefract Museum ‘The Great War Inspires’ where community groups contributed to an artwork inspired by First World War objects from the museum’s collection.
|The Great War Inspires exhibition. Photo by Faceless Arts.|
Plus Tweets from George Kellett’s 1918 diary. The tweets provide a fascinating insight into the daily life of a WW1 solider. Follow at @WW1_Diary.
|George Kellett - Follow his 1918 diary on twitter @WW1_Diary|