Museum needs memories, photos and relics from Second World War for new exhibition

September 01 2019
Museum needs memories, photos and relics from Second World War for new exhibition

FRENCHAY Village Museum has put a call out for memories, objects and photographs from World War II.

The artefacts should be related to Frenchay and will help form a new exhibition this autumn commemorating the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the war.

The temporary exhibition will shed light on the experiences of Frenchay people during this time. 

Museum spokesperson Georgina Simmons said: “We are looking for memories, photographs and objects linked to this important part of the area’s history to loan between September 10, 2019 and January 2020 to display as part of our new exhibition. 

At the museum, we are particularly interested in objects relating to childhood, American GIs in Frenchay, the hospital and family experiences of fighting on the home front.”

The museum currently displays a range of objects linked to the hospital between 1942 and 1945, which form part of a permanent exhibition on the first floor.

Visitors can find out about what life was like for the Americans who were placed here at the time. 

The museum's archive also houses an anti-aircraft nose cone, national identity registration cards, ration books and a bomb fuse extractor used to defuse an unexploded German bomb that fell in a field in Hambrook.

If you think you can add to this collection with your own artefacts, stories or pictures, email curator Charlotte Appleyard at charlotteaappleyard@gmail.com.

The museum is open every Wednesday from 1-4pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm. Entrance is free.

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