We are excited to announce the launch of our new temporary exhibition: Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War.
This WWI Exhibition Explores the Forgotten Wrecks Lying Just off Our Shores.
Cornwall’s Regimental Museum is currently home to a fascinating exhibition which looks to raise the profile of under-represented aspects of the First World War.
The temporary display, which runs until 10th August 2017, offers a great chance to view recovered artefacts and learn about some of the lesser-known, but compelling, stories of the Great War.
Over 700 wartime wrecks are known to lie off the south coast of England. These include largely forgotten ships and craft of all shapes and sizes, all of which were carrying out a myriad of different tasks and activities when they were lost.
The great variety of incidents, often resulting in lives lost, range from severe enemy attacks, to misfortunes caused by bad weather and communication. As well as information on the events that took place across the coast, there will also be content on incidents which occurred within proximity of Cornwall.
Through the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War’ project, the Maritime Archaeology Trust are revealing moving accounts of bravery and sacrifice surrounding these sites. The four-year project aims to bring together personal and family information, while utilizing artefact records with historic and archaeological research to uncover the stories of our shores.
The Forgotten Wrecks project is being run by the Maritime Archaeology Trust.
During the exhibition, visitors young and old are invited to create their own ‘make and take’ Captain’s hat. Visitors can share their creations on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for a chance to be featured!
Please note that the exhibition will be situated on the second floor of the museum, which is only accessible by stairs.