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BLACKHEATH 1914-1918 A SURREY VILLAGE AT WAR
EXHIBITION 7-9TH NOVEMBER 2014
We welcomed over 800 visitors to our exhibition held in the Blackheath Village Hall. The event was a resounding success. Visitors included pupils from local schools, history groups and many members of the public enjoyed an informative and colourful exhibition that included many fascinating items of memorabilia and recreations of WW1 sets. The Mayor of Waverley, Liz Wheatley, formerly opened the exhibition.
Villagers and volunteers as part of the Blackheath Village Archive group worked tirelessly for months to research and prepare the exhibition, but It was a real village effort. Volunteers across the generations painted, made items, re-arranged the hall, sew costumes and worked on many tasks too numerous to mention.
Village families were generous to loan their very precious WW1 memorabilia that had been safely stored away for a century.
Parts of the exhibition were so popular that they have since travelled out for display in other locations such as the Godalming Museum, Dorking Museum, The Commonwealth War Graves Pavilion in Woking and the Surrey History Centre. Not bad for an amateur exhibition!
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