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Uttoxeter museum launches World War One exhibition

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05/08/13 Redferns cottage - Redfern's cottage, Uttoxeter
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05/08/13 Redferns cottage - Redfern's cottage, Uttoxeter Redferns cottage Uttoxeter

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UTTOXETER’S museum has launched a temporary exhibition celebrating World War One heroes of the area.

Redfern’s Cottage, Museum of Uttoxeter Life has launched the exhibition called WW1 Uttoxeter: Fallen Heroes which will be on display from now until December 24, 2014.

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with historians Gillian and Alan Talbot.

Laura Wigg-Bailey, curator for Redfern’s, said: “Alan was born and bred in Uttoxeter and has a long interest in the history of the town.

“Gillian, his wife, has a life-long interest in the First World War.

“Researching Alan’s family members who were killed in WW1 led to the quest to put faces and characters to every name on the town war memorial.

“The result of this research, which has information on every person named on the Uttoxeter war memorial, can now be found at: www.uttoxeterlostgeneration.co.uk

“The exhibition encompasses the stories of four men who left for the Front only days after war was announced in August 1914 and includes the peaceful days of summer before they left.

“On display will be objects and images from the Uttoxeter collection cared for and housed at Redfern’s Cottage as well as items from the Talbot’s own collection.”

The exhibition is free to enter during normal opening hours from Tuesday until Friday from 12 noon to 3pm and on Saturday from 10am until 1pm.

It is up a couple of steps into the early 19th century parlour which is now home to the museum archives.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of events.

World War One Uttoxeter is to take place on Wednesday, June 4 from 12 noon until 3pm, researchers Gillian and Alan Talbot will meet members of the public.

They will be speaking more about their research and how they have gathered this amazing collection of stories.

It’s also possible to find out if you live in a house of one of the war heroes, or what your relative did during the First World War.

Admission is free and printed details about a specific relative is available for a charge of £2. The War Is Announced experience will be held on August 2.

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