Children’s WWI exhibition goes on display

Old Gaol Museum trustees Helene Hill and Kay Meadows at the exhibition
Old Gaol Museum trustees Helene Hill and Kay Meadows at the exhibition

A heart-warming exhibition compiled by local schoolchildren is on display this week.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, children from six schools in Aylesbury Vale have put together the exhibition, which is on display at the Old Gaol until Saturday.

Pupils from Buckingham Primary School, the Royal Latin, Akeley Wood School were among those creating the display which includes a film, a magazine and online resources.

The exhibition is touring venues around the Vale and the project was organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) together with Community Impact Bucks and Maybe Magazine CIC in a bid to help children and young people remember those who lost their lives during the Great War.

Chairman of the Old Gaol Trust, Helene Hill, said: “Buckingham Old Gaol museum is pleased to welcome this exhibition telling the children’s reaction to the terrible events of 100 years ago. It demonstrates that the rising generation will remember them and their sacrifices.

“Buckinghamshire Remembers fits into the programme of exhibitions the Old Gaol is staging throughout the centenary commemoration. Please look out for the next one in the autumn on the Gallipoli campaign and the part played there by the Royal Bucks Hussars.”

AVDC cabinet member for community matters, Pam Pearce, said: “I’d urge as many people as possible to see this wonderful exhibition.

“The work of the schoolchildren helps us understand the impact the First World War had on the men and boys that fought for their families and communities back home and their country.”

The Old Gaol Museum is open from 10am to 4pm and entrance to the exhibition in the courtyard is free.