Domestic and political life changed irrevocably in Great Britain at the outbreak of the First World War. The horrific reality of the war forced communities to come together and help each other, sacrificing their time, money and lives for the good of their country. It is these invaluable contributions that Burgh House & Hampstead Museum hopes to honour through our new exhibition, Fellowship & Sacrifice: Hampstead and the First World War, which focuses on the affect of the war on Hampstead and its residents. It is important to uncover these local stories and raise awareness for how the war affected the local community, as well as the ways that Hampstead helped the war effort, by, for example, hosting military hospitals and training exercises for soldiers on Hampstead Heath.
Fellowship & Sacrifice is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: Then and Now programme, which supports projects marking the First World War Centenary. Other supporters include the Royal Air Force Museum London, the Tate, the Museum of the Order of St John and the Percy Smith Foundation, who have all kindly lent us objects from their collection. The exhibition also includes objects from Burgh House’s own collection which have not been on public display for many years.
To complement the exhibition, we have a diverse programme of events, including talks, family activities, school programmes and lifelong learning opportunities for the local community.
We also have an exhibition-specific Family Trail, which poses questions about the objects on display.