Notts: Museum to unveil World War I trench

The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of the Great War with a special WWI exhibition.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 18th August 2014, 5:00 pm

The museum in Thoresby commemorates both the history and current activity of local cavalry regiments and will be unveiling a realistic Great War trench.

Staff and volunteers have spent months building the exhibition trench with materials which would have been available to the military on the Western Front.

The exhibition has been named Call to Arms.

The trench will have a machine gun post, barbed wire, a view over no-man’s land, maps and rations. All these details aim to make the display as accurate as possible to the typical trench which soldiers would have manned.

Display boards will be updated every year to highlight key events and local regiments’ roles during the conflict.

Call to Arms has been helped by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Lady Hind Trust.

The National Military Museum also donated two life sized model soldiers and other artifacts.

Curator, Capt Mick Holtby, said: “This project highlights important actions of the war and the part played by the local regiments during WWI in an exhibition area which enables visitors to experience and learn about life in the trenches.”

The new exhibition room will be officially opened on Saturday 23rd August at The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum. The museum is free to enter.