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Exhibition will remember brave Bungay soldiers who fought in First World War

07:00 29 August 2014

Bungay Museum is getting ready to hold a First World War exhibition at St Mary’s Church. Museum curator Christopher Reeve with some of the pictures which will be on display

Bungay Museum is getting ready to hold a First World War exhibition at St Mary’s Church. Museum curator Christopher Reeve with some of the pictures which will be on display

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An exhibition commemorating the lives of Bungay men who fought in the First World War is being organised by Bungay Museum and the Friends of St Mary’s Church.

The exhibition will be held in the church from Monday, September 8 to Sunday, September 14, and will include information and photographs relating to many of the men recorded on the town’s war memorial.

It will also include those who survived the conflict and returned to their home region to marry and settle down – often mentally and physically scarred by their experiences.

Also on display will be the reproductions of sketches made in France in 1918, by Sir Alfred Munnings, when he was an official war artist attached to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. He was able to capture the intimate details of soldiers’ lives at work and play, creating lively and amusing character portraits in his inimitable manner. He often had to work in difficult conditions, sharing the life of the soldiers, under enemy fire and ankle-deep in mud.

He produced many sketches of the brigade’s horses, both during army manoeuvres or enjoying leisure and a meal, and today he is considered one of Britain’s finest equestrian artists.

He always emphasised that it was in the Waveney region where he grew up, that he developed his love of animals, gypsy life and the local landscape, frequently attending Bungay Races on Outney Common and the annual May Horsefair. Commencing life as the humble son of a Mendham Miller, he achieved public recognition following the first major exhibition of his paintings in London shortly after the war, and he went on to receive a knighthood and become President of the Royal Academy.

The reproductions from his sketchbooks are on loan from the Munnings Museum in Dedham, which has also loaned some personal memorabilia. It is intended that this will be the first of a series of annual exhibitions celebrating the artist’s connections with the region.

The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 4pm.

For further information contact Chris Reeve, museum curator, on 01986 893155 or email kitkat46@btinternet.com

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