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For Valour-The First World War through the Experience of Knox and Beesley

Published on Tuesday, 18th September 2018

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Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery 22 September – 18 November 2018

For Valour explores the brave story of Nuneaton and Bedworth’s two Victoria Cross winners during the First World War, William Beesley and Cecil Knox. In this exhibition you will learn more about the First World War through their experiences and those of the 1000s of other men and women who fought from the local area.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award in the UK honours system awarded for gallantry and extreme bravery. Discover their incredible journey and the courageous acts that earned them their awards. On loan from the Imperial War Museum, watch Cecil’s formal presentation of his medal in 1918 by King George V. Get an interactive feel of the experiences the brave soldiers went through via sound effect boxes, smells of war and try the weights they carried.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said:

“A fascinating discovery into the part our local heroes played in the First World War, It’s wonderful that we get to experience there valiant journey and immerse ourselves in their experience”

Remember, as with all our shows, admission is FREE. There are also our other displays, as well as our fantastic activities for little-ones, to enjoy throughout the building.

Our free event day on October 13th also ties in with this important exhibition. ‘First World War – Life in the Trenches’ takes place between 11am and 4pm – no need to book just drop-in to see everyday food, equipment and weaponry of the period.

In addition to our events, activities and permanent displays there is still chance to see;

‘Mail Rail’ and ‘Pop it in the post’ – Interactive postal themed exhibitions on show until 28th November.

And Laura Hickman-Insecta Extraordinaire and Passing By Exhibition, on show until 4th November.