Visitors flock to Daventry Museum’s moving war exhibition

The exhibition at Daventry Museum.
The exhibition at Daventry Museum.
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People gathered at Daventry Museum for a successful exhibition to coincide with Remembrance Day on Sunday.

The museum, adorned with poppies, was a platform for visitors to reflect and share war memories.

The exhibition at Daventry Museum.

The exhibition at Daventry Museum.

Organisers said the Memories of World War Two exhibition had a fantastic turn out.

On Saturday, Gerry Thompson exhibited his prolific research on the lives of the men named on the war memorial on Abbey Street.

Gerry’s interest started eight years ago after retiring.

He wanted to find out about the men behind the names on the war memorial and discovered a distinct lack of information, this spurred him on to start his research project.

Several years on, Gerry has produced a wealth of information and history on the lives of Daventry men who fought and died in World War One and World War Two.

Gerry said: “Events like this at Daventry Museum enable encounters with the public who are keen to discover
more about their family history.”

During the museum’s last three Saturday open days, Gerry has had 10 members of the public enquire about their relatives and family connections to the men named on the memorial.

He has even sent copies of his research files to families in Canada and Australia.

Not only does Gerry help families discover more about their family history, he also Photoshops old, damaged photographs.

One impressed visitor to the exhibition commended the museum for a “splendid display”.