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Museum asks for the support of the local community to commemorate the Battle of the Somme

Experience Barnsley would like to see any objects relating the battle of the Somme that local residents may have.

The museum, which is operated by Barnsley Council, is asking for people to come forward with possible loans, which will be used as part of an exhibition to commemorate the 1916 battle.

The exhibition, Stories of the Somme, will take place from Wednesday, 24 August to Sunday, 20 November and mark the centenary of the First World War. It will tell the story of the bloodiest battle in British Army’s history through the eyes of local people. It will explore how the war affected the lives of soldiers on the battlefield and their families at home.

People are invited to bring objects to the town hall on Sunday, 20 March, when Barnsley History Day will be taking place. The Experience Barnsley team look forward to seeing the pieces and hearing the fascinating stories that surrounds them.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We hope the local community will offer their support to Stories of the Somme, by loaning objects and sharing stories.  The museum will be commemorating the battle and bringing to life the experiences of local people and the dramatic effects on their lives.”

For more details about the exhibition and how people can donate please visit www.experience-barnsley.com or call 01226 772 500.