Parcels of Comfort
As the Great War progressed the morale of the soldiers, their families and sweethearts depended heavily on letters and parcels. Reassurance was needed from both sides that they were in each other’s thoughts. As the war showed no signs of ending, the army food got more sparse and dreary and the clothing was woefully inadequate for the cold and mud of the trenches. This is a mixed media exhibition by local textile artists and Cotham School GCSE textile students that gives a fascinating insight into the parcels and their contents. The subject has been carefully researched including using the names of real soldiers featured in the We Have Our Lives and in the book ‘Letters From the Trenches’ by local author Jacqueline Wadsworth.
The subject is brought to life with displays of parcels, knitting for the soldiers based on 1914 patterns, and replicas of items of food from that era. There are also examples of Red Cross parcels destined for prisoners of war and those in army hospitals.
This is an exhibition that will appeal to all age groups and is suitable for school visits. Download the Quiz here
Running 9 September - 8 January. Admission is free and all are welcome