Fascinating series of lectures planned at Bexhill Museum

Bexhill Museum
Bexhill Museum

A new season of lectures has been announced for Bexhill Museum – many with a First World War theme.

The programme got underway on Wednesday with an illustrated talk on Lady Brassey’s Voyage of the Sunbeam – following an original script which would have been used for Victorian audiences.

But fear not if you missed that – there are plenty more interesting stories to be told over the coming weeks.

Next up on May 7 is a talk by Claire Eden on War Memorials of the First World War. The lecture will provide a superb introduction into First World War commemoration and the forms that this takes, including national examples such as the Cenotaph and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and local acts of commemoration, with special focus on war memorials and the creation of Bexhill Town Memorial following the end of the Great War.

Among the questions answered will be why was the remembrance of the Great War so important and why was it so controlled? What actually is remembered and what was actively forgotten?

Later that month, on May 21, Peter Cole continues along the say theme with his lecture on Bexhill in the First World Ward. Mr Cole is part of the Bexhill Hanoverian Society and will present a side show illustrating how Bexhill became a centre of military activity following its part in the Napoleonic War some hundred years before.

The cause and the start of The Great War will be noted as well as the theatres of war where Bexhillians were posted. The social changes to the civilian life within the town will be considered, which lead to our present attitudes.

June 4 sees the launch of Bexhill Remembers – a project by David Hatherall which forms part of the museum’s First World War exhibitions.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the museum decided the event should be marked with an exhibition. The project sets out to record Bexhill and its inhabitants during the conflict. Civilians, conscientious objectors, nurses, soldiers, sailors and airmen. The organisation and progress of the project is outlined, leading to the exhibition that is now in place.

And last but not least, on June 18, the musuem’s curator Julian Porter will showcase images from the First World War. A vital component of Bexhill Museum’s Great War exhibition is the collection of photographs in the archive. The museum’s curator will present his idiosyncratic selection of photographs of interest and provide a commentary.

All the talks are held in the Education Room at Bexhill Museum in Egerton Road with a start time of 7pm. Entry is £3 for museum members, of £4 for visitors.

Numbers are strictly limited so early booking is recommended.

For more information – or to book a seat – either call 01424 787950, email enquiries@bexhillmuseum.co.uk or visit www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk.