VC: For Valour – Sapper VCs of the First World War
December 1 - December 21
Ordinary Men – Extraordinary Actions
2018 Marks the centenary of the Armistice which brought the First World War to an end. We will be marking the anniversary with a major exhibition and community-based project focusing on the Sapper Victoria Crosses of the First World War.
The Museum holds ten original VCs won by soldiers of the Royal Engineers during the War which will be displayed as part of the exhibition. Displays and artefacts will tell the stories that surround the awards and the lives of the Engineers, both before and after the acts of valour that were rewarded by the Victoria Cross.
The project will focus on the physical heritage of the First World War through the collection of ten Victoria Crosses received by Royal Engineers, all of which are held by the Museum. Through this, the individual stories of these soldiers can be told through personal items such as diaries, service dress and letters. The project will also allow the public a unique opportunity to see the genuine VCs on display within the museum.
One component of the exhibition will be the exploration of the concept of valour in the War, and the legacies of the highest military award in the UK.
Visitors will be able to contribute their thoughts and reactions either through comment cards when visiting the exhibition or by taking part one of a series of structured workshops. For further details of the workshops and how to get involved, please click here.
There’s also a series of lectures relating to the exhibition – click here for full details.
The exhibition runs from 3 July to 21 December and is included in standard admission prices.