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Memories of the ‘Great War’ on display at Insch

A genuine German helmet from early in the First World War on display at Insch Connection Museum.

A genuine German helmet from early in the First World War on display at Insch Connection Museum.

INSCH Connection Museum have unveiled a fascinating new exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

‘The Great War - Life in spite of it’ follows on from the success of last year’s exhibition, ‘Childhood - Then and Now’ and will run until October 29 this year.

The new exhibition aims to draw a picture of the time of the conflict, and its effect on the everyday life of the people of Insch and surrounding area.

Amongst the interesting exhibits are items of genuine equipment used in World War One, and the intriguing stories behind them including a machine gun cartridge with an embedded German bullet and a helmet which saved a soldier’s life; artefacts and pictures from Insch at the time; and heirlooms kindly lent from members of the community with their own unique stories behind them.

The Museum has also been fortunate to receive some rare and outstanding loan items from the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery in Forfar, the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford and numerous local and also some German private collections.

Like many of the big houses across Aberdeenshire, Drumrossie House in Insch was used as a hospital, and there are pictures and memories from this period in its history. There is also a fascinating picture of a group of volunteer knitters at Insch School, every one of which is male! Also on display are rare items of ‘trench art’ made by soldiers at the front. Insch Connection Museum is open on Wednesdays and Sundays 1.30 – 5 pm, visit www.inschmuseum.org.uk.

 

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