Living History First World War Day at the Museum of Somerset

Visitors to the Museum of Somerset in Taunton can travel back in time next weekend at a themed day dedicated to the First World War.

On Sunday 21 September, from 10.00 am–5.00 pm, visitors can take part in a range of family-friendly activities including object handling and living history. The day is part of Somerset commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Re-enactors will help visitors to find out how men were recruited to the army and were introduced to the realities of rifles and gas masks. You can also learn about the wartime role of Red Cross nurses, get advice on researching family members who served in the war, and discover the impact the war had on mental health from the author Suzie Grogan.

There will be gallery talks, town tours taking in First World War sites around Taunton, and a museum trail. BBC Somerset will be broadcasting live from the event.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Heritage Services, said: “This is a special opportunity for visitors and their families to learn more about the First World War in Somerset and how it affected the lives of everyone.”

For further information visit the Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 4AA, call 01823 255088 or email museumofsomerset@somerset.gov.uk