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Peace exhibition concludes museum's commemoration of World War One

17 June 2019

A free exhibition focusing on peace in Britain and Europe after World War One will be held at the Thameside Complex later this month.

From Monday 24 June to 11am on Friday 5 July, residents can discover how the First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

'The Peace – Making a New Europe' exhibition, researched and presented by Thurrock Museum volunteers, will be located in the ground floor gallery of the Thameside Complex in Orsett Road, Grays.

Visitors can learn how men and women returning from war adjusted to life back home and how the treaty impacted Europe. In Thurrock, peace celebrations were widespread and fund-raising meetings were held to erect local war memorials. The first monument was put up in Stanford-le-Hope in 1920.

Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for communities, said: "The volunteers at Thurrock Museum do a fantastic job in capturing important periods in our history and reminding us all of the significant impact they had on the lives we lead today.

"After 4 years of bloodshed, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles brought about significant change for Britain and Europe in a bid to prevent the horrors witnessed on the front line and at home during World War One from being repeated.

"I would encourage everyone to pay the latest exhibition a visit and discover more about our history."

'Peace – Making a New Europe' is the final exhibition in the museum's series of First World War commemorations. Volunteers would like to hear from residents who have personal memories, with a Thurrock connection, for their latest campaign marking the 80th anniversary of World War Two. Contact the museum on thurrock.museum@thurrock.gov.uk

To find out about other events at the museum, go to thurrock.gov.uk/museumevents

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