Exhibition sees village pay tribute

Contributor to the exhibition, Mike Noble.
Contributor to the exhibition, Mike Noble.
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A VILLAGE has been remembering those who lost their lives in the war with a special exhibition.

Held at the Paterson Centre in Church Road, Swanmore, it displayed events relating to the village before, during, and after the First World War.

It also provided an insight into the effect the conflict had on the village and its inhabitants.

A team of village volunteers led by Swanmore Archivist, Crawford Wright, have worked on the project with Swanmore College of Technology and Swanmore Primary School.

Mr Wright said: ‘We put together a team of people to work on an exhibition in Swanmore.

‘We are remembering not only those who died but also those who came back who were wounded.

‘We are looking at all aspects of the war.’

The exhibition charted events leading up to the war, the war itself by land, sea and air, social effects – particularly changes to the role of women as more men were enlisted – and the development of communications both in the services and in propaganda to the public.

And Mr Wright said the exhibition proved very popular: ‘People said it was outstanding. They couldn’t believe what a good show we had put on.

‘It’s taken a year. It’s been a team effort.’

The project is supported by Hampshire County Council and Swanmore Parish Council.

The exhibition will also take place on Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, to coincide with Armistice Day.