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Experience life on the Western Front

Life on the Western Front exhibition at Chesterfield Museum

Visitors to Chesterfield Museum this autumn can experience what life was like for soldiers on the Western Front during the First World War.

Part of the art gallery at the popular attraction, owned and run by Chesterfield Borough Council, will be transformed into a section of a trench like those on the Western Front in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1918.

The trench experience will run from Friday 12 October to Saturday 19 January and has been made possible thanks to £1,500 in funding from Museum Development East Midlands and Arts Council England.

Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “This autumn is a special moment in our history marking 100 years since the anniversary of the end of the First World War.

“We came up with the idea of The Trench Experience to give people an insight into what life in a trench would have been like.

“Sights and smells are included to give visitors a good idea of a soldier’s life during the conflict.

“The exhibition also has a local focus on Chesterfield soldiers and visitors will hear extracts from their letters.”

Chesterfield Museum is open each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

First published on 12 September 2018 Last updated on 12 September 2018