July 3rd – December 21st
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.
Supported by a grant of £10,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), VC: For Valour – Sapper VCs of the First World War will be available to view between Tuesday 3 July and Friday 21 December.
Made possible by National Lottery players through HLF’s First World War then and now programme, the project will tell the stories that surround the awards and the lives of the Engineers who were awarded them. By focusing on the soldiers behind the medals, people will be exposed to a very personal exploration of the First World War and the effect it had on some of those involved.
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.
The first of our autumn series of lectures relating to the exhibition takes place on 12 September – click here for full details.
The exhibition runs from 3 July to 21 December and is included in standard admission prices.