Trench Art Exhibition at the Siege Museum

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 3:09pm

The Siege Museum are delighted to have on display an exhibition of trench art made during World War I.  The temporary exhibition is housed on the ground floor of the museum and will be with us from 1st July - 18th November, commemorating the date of the Battle of the Somme.

Trench art is any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It offers an insight not only to their feelings and emotions about the war, but also their surroundings and the materials they had available to them.

Common articles that this includes are decorated shell and bullet casings and items carved from wood and bone.

Not limited to the World Wars, the history of trench art spans conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. Although the practice flourished during World War I.