BPMA adds fascinating new displays to its flagship exhibition
Last Post: Remembering the First World War
Coalbrookdale Gallery, near Ironbridge
The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) has changed some of the contents on display in its Last Post: Remembering the First World War flagship exhibition at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, adjacent to Enginuity, part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The additional objects will reveal more fascinating stories about the Post Office in the First World War and reflect life at home as well as on the Front Lines, including Christmas in the trenches.
For the first time the BPMA will be displaying a Princess Mary Gift Tin. This was a gift from home containing items such as chocolate and tobacco, posted to all serving soldiers at Christmas 1914 to boost morale. There will also be a selection of Christmas themed postcards sent home from the Front Lines on display.
As well as the Christmas element the exhibition will feature the diary of Post Office Rifle Thomas May. Written between March and July 1915, when the Post Office Rifles first arrived on the fighting lines, the diary is a first-hand account of life in the trenches, revealing not only the periods of fighting but also the boredom and discomfort that were commonplace among soldiers. These objects all tell their own captivating stories and give a fascinating insight into what life was like at home and in the trenches during the First World War.
Many of the objects that were removed from display to allow these new stories to be told will be available to view on the BPMA’s online Last Post exhibition.
The Last Post: Remembering the First World War will run at the Coalbrookdale Gallery Monday-Friday until 27th March 2015. Admission is free of charge. For opening times and ticket information please visit http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/our-attractions/coalbrookdale-museum-of-iron/