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Ashford Borough Museum build a trench!

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With sights, sounds and smells from the Western Front, this small but effective display, built for only £150 by museum volunteers, really captures the imagination of children and adult visitors alike.

Find out more about Ashford Museum on their website.

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How did you commemorate the 4th August 2014?

The countdown to the 4th August began many months ago, with societies, museums, history groups, schools, universities and various other organisations and individuals planning how best to commemorate the day.Harry-Folkestone-Arch

As the day itself arrived, international and local news, web, press and social media was full of  information and images of what was going on around the world to mark the outbreak of war.

As well as many Church services taking place across the county, here are some of the other events that took place on the day:

  • Ashford’s historic World War One tank, the last of its kind, was guarded by members of 133 Field Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for the 24 hours of August 4 – read more about the tank here and view other Ashford commemorations here.
  • Kent County Council opened their commemorative exhibition, ‘In their own words’ focusing of the people of Kent during the First World War – see opening times here.sassoon
  • Tunbridge Wells poet Siegfried Sassoon’s First World War journals have been published online by the University of Cambridge – read more from BBC news here or view the digital journals here.

There are many other events, activities and projects taking place across the country; take a look at the Visit Kent’s Frontline Kent website for full details.