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Somme 1916

Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front

25 March 2016 - 2 October 2016 , 10:00 to 17:00
Palace Green Library

100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there.

During the First World War, battle after battle was fought by the British Army on the Western Front in Belgium and France.

A century later, the Battle of the Somme stands out as one of the largest offensives of World War I. With over 1 million casualties, the popular view of the offensive is of brave young soldiers and callous generals, doomed attacks and senseless slaughter.

But is this view mistaken? What really happened in 1916?

Somme 1916: From Durham to the Western Front tells the stories of the people from County Durham caught up in the battle: the men who fought and died on the battlefield; the women who nursed the wounded and comforted the dying; and the workers who toiled in factories, mines and shipyards across the county to support the war effort.

Somme Film: The exhibition includes excerpts from original footage of the Somme Battlefield which some people may find distressing.

Durham University is working in partnership with Durham County Council on this exhibition, which will showcase items from the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Archive collections.

County Durham has been officially twinned with the Somme region in France for over 30 years. For more information about County Durham’s First World War centenary commemorations, visit the Durham Remembers website.

Admission charges apply for this exhibition. Tickets can be purchased from Palace Green Library. For more information, please contact or 0191 334 2932.