Timeline features in WW1 exhibition

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by Greta Yeoman

A full timeline of World War 1 will go on display in Timaru this weekend.

South Canterbury Museum social history curator Chris Rapley said while the museum had hosted exhibitions on various sections of WW1 over the past four years, this would be the first time the chronological history had been displayed at once.

Sections include the landings at Gallipoli, the Desert War in the Middle East, the liberation of the French town Le Quesnoy and the Hundred Days Offensive, which ended the war.

The exhibit would also feature videos on the different campaigns in WW1, various maps and war items loaned to the museum by a South Canterbury collector, including a saddle, uniforms, ammunition, guns and blankets.

Museum staff had also created a “dug-out”, where the videos would play, along with a peace section, featuring embroidered creations made by returned soldiers who had suffered gas attacks during the war.

The needlework had given the soldiers something to focus on while recovering from their gas burns, Mr Rapley said.

It is the seventh exhibit about WW1 created by Mr Rapley in the past four years, during the centenary commemorations of the war.

He also expected the museum would host an event on November 11 to observe the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the official end of the war when Germany and the Allied Powers signed an armistice.

Visitors to the exhibition would also be able to share their own family’s stories from the war, on paper dog tags that had been created for display, Mr Rapley said.

“Enduring the Inferno” opens at South Canterbury Museum on Saturday. The exhibition will run until February 10, 2019.