Bamburgh crypt to display exhibition of wartime research

Bamburgh Heritage Trust will commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the Battle of the Somme with a special exhibition in the crypt of St. Aidan's Church.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 30 September, 2016, 08:37
Hugh Ross, who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The crypt will be open to the public from 11am to 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The special exhibition in the crypt is the culmination of years of research and work by volunteers from the village.

The Heritage Lottery Fund First World War: then and now fund enabled community volunteers to look at the impact of the war on the village of Bamburgh.

They researched the young men who went to war, the war effort at home and on farms and the stories of the soldiers who returned to village life and what they did after the Great War.

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The wealth of information gathered has informed the exhibition as well as the creation of a fictional diary for Mr Little, Bamburgh’s school teacher. This beautifully illustrated book will be available at the exhibition.

The exhibition includes an interactive map where the audience can explore the village through the second edition OS map together with images of First World War soldiers and veterans and Bamburgh in the early 20th century.

The exhibition in the crypt also offers the opportunity to see the Anglo-Saxon Ossuary.

Members of Bamburgh Heritage Trust will be on hand to provide more information.