On Saturday 9 November 2013, the Grosvenor Museum hosted its own ‘Community Collection Roadshow’ – the third in a series of twelve events occurring in the build up to the centenary of World War One in November 2014.
Museum staff were joined by an enthusiastic team of volunteers; some of whom had helped with previous roadshows and returned to use their experience to assist our new recruits.
The lecture theatre was used as the base for the roadshow. Volunteers worked with people who brought along artefacts to be catalogued, whilst those who were just visiting were able to enjoy a slideshow of period photographs and rousting military songs.
We were also able to offer a unique experience for our visitors with the help of David Eliot Cooper from the ‘Histrionics’ drama company, who took on the role of a World War One recruitment officer. Needless to say, a few ‘able bodied men’ got a real surprise when they turned up to visit the museum and were offered the chance to fight on the Western Front!
The day was a fantastic success and we had some excellent feedback from those who visited us. However, most importantly, members of the public were kind enough to share some truly fantastic World War One artefacts with us. The ‘highlights’ of the roadshow will be showcased at the Grosvenor Museum in January-March 2014.
We are lucky enough to be able to display a selection of the artefacts that were brought in on the day of the roadshow, along with the personal stories behind them. The objects will change every 3-4 weeks, so please keep coming back to see the range and quality of artefacts we were fortunate enough to have had brought to us.