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First World War exhibition proves to be a hit

 04 August 2015  |  


Visitors to the exhibition look at the fascinating objects

Visitors to the exhibition look at the fascinating objects

Over 1,000 people have visited the free Next of Kin Exhibition in just three weeks to get a rare glimpse in to the First World War and its connections with South Ayrshire.

A significant number of these visitors were going to South Ayrshire Council's Rozelle House, which is hosting the exhibition, for the first time.

The exhibition, which runs until 28 September 2015, includes objects from official and private sources, including items passed from generation to generation which are of immense sentimental value to their owners.

The exhibition, which was previously on display at the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle, is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Scottish Government. It looks in detail at individual stories, the impact of the war on servicemen and women and their families back home in Scotland. Objects on display include postcards and letters, photographs, medals and memorial plaques.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder said: "The Next of Kin exhibition is proving very popular with people of all ages from towns and villages across South Ayrshire and attracting visitors from places as far away as Newfoundland.

"It's great that over 1,000 people have already seen the exhibition and I am sure that thousands more people will visit in the coming weeks. This is an outstanding exhibition and forms part of our own rich heritage, and I would encourage anyone who's not yet taken a look to pay a visit as soon as possible."

Many related activities are taking place such as an opportunity to trace your family history back to WW1, and a Poppy Craft session to learn how to knit, crochet and create poppies.

For more information about the exhibition or the related activities, go to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/galleries/. The exhibition is open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12 noon to 5pm.

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