Bexhill Observer reported the opening of Bexhill Remembers which was well attended on Friday 28th February.
THREE hundred and thirty one tiny bottles hang from the twigs of a tree. Each bears a label. Each represents a Bexhillian killed in the First World War.
The tree set amid a sandbag-and-stumps Western Front evocation is focal-point of Bexhill Remembers, the town museum’s exhibition marking the war’s centenary.
Artist Jane Churchill has employed Victorian ?lachrymatoria? mourning practice – bottles of tears – to dramatic effect.
Above, MP Gregory Barker with Claire Eden, Jane Churchill, and Rachel Heminway-Hurst.
Museum members attending the exhibition's launch in the presence of MP Gregory Barker and Town Mayor Cllr Frances Winterborn discovered how war embraced the whole community. The exhibition has been made possible by £35,000 Heritage Lottery Fund aid, obtained by museum project manager Rachel Heminway-Hurst.
Among features Rachel and education officer Claire Eden and their team of volunteers have created are education boxes for schools.
Newspaper files have yielded stories of personal loss.
Continuously-screened film footage shows men from the Canadian Officer Training School in Bexhill training in Egerton Park. Bexhillian Dr Luke Flanagan gained his PhD researching the Canadians’ exploits.
Opening an exhibition described by the MP as ?brilliant,? Dr Flanagan congratulated the independent, voluntarily-run museum and said Bexhill Remembers embodied the community spirit which typified the town in war-time.