Hampshire Cultural Trust

Soldiers' Journey at the Red House Museum

  • Red House Museum
  • 10:00am Saturday 11 Oct 2014 to Sunday 11 Jan 2015
  • Soldiers Journey is a unique exhibition that portrays Hampshire s critical role throughout the First World War.

    Between 1914 and 1918 over 8 million troops from all over the British Empire entered Hampshire to train, prepare and wait for their departure from the Southampton ports towards the various theatres of war around the world. A steady flow of refugees, prisoners of war and over 1 million wounded came back to England via Southampton through Hampshire.

    Hampshire had a huge impact on the war, and the war had a huge impact on Hampshire. From a quiet, Edwardian county Hampshire suddenly became an international assembly point with a rapid and enormous increase of population. Production of food, munitions and armaments reached higher levels than ever before, Auxiliary Hospitals opened across the County to treat the wounded returning from the front and large military camps were set up all over Hampshire. Everyone, male and female, had to decide if and how to contribute to the war.

    The exhibition Soldiers Journey tells about Hampshire contributions of military and civilian soldiers throughout the Great War. While narrating true individual journeys, six broader topics are presented: the arrival and departure of troops, animals and goods; the presence of troops within Hampshire, the economic impact of the war; the impact of the war on personal lives and international encounters happing on Hampshire ground.

    The exhibition can be viewed at 9 locations: SeaCity Museum, Southampton; Tudor House, Southampton; Winchester City Space (Discovery centre), Winchester; Andover Museum, Andover; Eastleigh Museum, Eastleigh; Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham; Aldershot Military Museum, Aldershot and The Allen Gallery, Alton. Milestones Museum of Living History, Bastingstoke shows a special Soldiers Journey themed programme. Each venue focusses on its own unique First World War history, put into a larger Hampshire context.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Venue: Red House Museum
  • Telephone: 0845 603 5635

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