Plethora of war-related pieces to see

A range of interesting items will be available to view at Morpeth Antiquarian Society’s annual two-day local history exhibition this weekend.

This year’s theme is ‘Morpeth and World War One’ and there will also be a small display to do with the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Those coming along will find out more about events during the conflict in 1914 and 1915 and some of the people whose names are on the town’s Cenotaph and memorial at King Edward VI School.

Items include various souvenirs from the Somme battlefield, examples of trench art (made of materials such as surrounding wood and shell and bullet casings), embroidered postcards and pieces to do with domestic life in Morpeth in the First World War years.

There will children’s colouring activities on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sections of the exhibition form part of the project where a group of KEVI students are working in collaboration with Morpeth Antiquarians to research the lives of KEVI men and boys who lost their lives during the First World War.

Funding for it has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In addition, the Antiquarians are helping pupils at Collingwood School and Media Arts College to carry out research into the names on some of the gravestones at St Mary’s Church.

The local history exhibition starts at 9.30am on both days and runs to 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday (Morpeth Fair Day). Admission is free and refreshments will be on sale.

Some of the smaller items are already in place in the Butter Market.