Exhibition held in Bamburgh to mark anniversay

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

Thursday, 21st September 2017, 11:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th September 2017, 14:59 pm
St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh

The crypt will be open to the public from noon until 3pm, on Saturday and Sunday.

The significance of these dates is that villager William Hall was killed at the Battle of Passchedaele on September 20, 1917. A quarter peal of bells were rung in William’s honour yesterday.

The HLF First World War: then and now fund enabled community volunteers to look at the impact of war on Bamburgh. They researched the young men who went to war, including Hugh Ross who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. They also researched 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.

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.

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Visitors to the crypt can explore the village through the 2nd edition OS map, together with images of soldiers, veterans and Bamburgh. 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.