More than 1,000 visitors attend World War One Exhibition in Bushey Academy

More than 1,000 visitors attend World War One Exhibition in Bushey Academy

More than 1,000 visitors attend World War One Exhibition in Bushey Academy

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More than 1,000 visitors have attended the World War One Exhibition, "A Village Remembers", at The Bushey Academy during its opening week. 

Comments in the visitors’ book include: "Magnificent, totally professional in concept, design and display"; "A wonderful tribute, thought-provoking and very moving"; "Excellent research, educational and informative".

One visitor, whose family was on the German side during the war, enjoyed the exhibition "with feeling and emotion".

The granddaughter of George Jaggard, the Bushey builder, was delighted to find family members mentioned on the display panels. 

The great grandson of Joseph James Ward, who lived at 126 School Lane and died at the Somme, was there with his family. 

And people living in Bushey who are displaying Poppy Plaques in their windows in memory of servicemen who died, came to read the biographies.

Children have taken part in the quiz or enjoyed colouring soldiers, war horses, primitive aeroplanes, trench rats and poppies.  

The film, "A County at War: Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire", produced by the Lieutenancy of Hertfordshire and shown regularly each day in the Academy Theatre, has also proved popular. Illustrated talks and concerts in the theatre and performances by the Tonic Choir from the balcony have all been well attended.

The Exhibition runs until Sunday, August 24. The display panels can then be borrowed by schools, libraries or other organisations in year batches or as a whole. 

The research will provide a new archive and source of information in Bushey and Oxhey for future generations.

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