WWI trench art goes on display

Date Posted: 01/08/2014

A new exhibition at Compton Verney, Warwickshire showcases objects from a private collection of Trench Art.

From Ammunition to Art: Trench Art from the First World War is now on show until December.

The display demonstrates the creativity of ordinary people creating extraordinary things from the everyday by-products of World War One.

Schools can take part in an accompanying workshop where pupils can make their own shell cases from gold paper, engrave their own messages on them and add them to a museum display.

Objects include carved sections of a propeller made by RAF ground crew, embroidered flour sacks derived from US aid to occupied Belgium, beadwork snakes made by Turkish prisoners on the Eastern Front and shell cases decorated by members of the Chinese labour corps.

From over 20 countries around the world, each piece clearly demonstrates different national styles of decoration and craftsmanship.

For more information visit www.comptonverney.org.uk.

Pictured: Matchbox cover made from sopper from SS Ardmore Lifeboat (c) James Gordon-Cumming.

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