Thomas (boggyb) wrote,

They also served

While I was in town today, trying and mostly failing to dodge the intermittent downpours, I wandered into the museum to have a look at their current exhibitions. They had two going on this time.

The first was art inspired by objects from their collection - I found this mostly incomprehensible as the artwork was coloured tissue paper stuck to a white background and then drawn on with oil pastels. Every once in a while there'd be a recognisable shape, or something that closely matched an exhibit (like a mosaic tile from Titchfield Abbey) but mostly it felt like being attacked by bright colours.

The second was on the First World War and those from Fareham who lost their lives. The curator of that exhibition had started with the names on Fareham's war memorial and tracked down where else they were remembered, including travelling to find gravestones and memorials in France. Two things stood out from that exhibition: a map plotting where all those lost originally lived in Fareham...

...and a list of those who survived...

When remembering the wars, one doesn't often think of those who came home afterwards, and the struggles they had in adjusting back to civilian life and trying to find work.

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