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WW1 The Trench Experience

Type:Exhibition

Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery
St Mary's Gate
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S41 7TD
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WW1 The Trench Experience

About

2018 marks the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War. Although used during conflicts for centuries, the trench has come to define fighting in the First World War.

Chesterfield Museum is transforming a section of their art gallery into a recreated trench so you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of life in the trenches of WW1. Come along kids and enlist in the army. Take the oath and collect your helmet before heading into the trench. Meet 'Tommy' in his uniform and see what food he had in his kit bag. Find out what mustard gas smelled like and, if you're brave, open the 'latrine' tin and see if you could stand the smell of going to the toilet in the trench.

Open the munitions box to see a bomb - and find out if you're strong enough to lift it. Take a look in the periscope to see 'no man's land' that place between the German and allied trenches where so many soldiers were killed when they 'went over the top'.

When you leave the trench you will see the faces of men from Chesterfield who fought in the war. Read the information about them and find out that they were ordinary people like you, who had to de extraordinary things. Some of them, those who have a poppy beside them, never came home and some of them were very young when they joined the army.

Imagine you were a soldier and had to write home to your mum or dad, brother or sister, or your wife. What would you say? We have some real letters sent home by soldiers that you can read and you will hear young men reading letters as you walk through the Trench.

Find out about peace and how the end of the fighting was marked in Chesterfield. See a death token that so many local people would have received when a member of their family died in the fighting.

Make a poppy to go on our poppy net and dedicate it to a local soldier who died in the war. Choose a name from the book of men who were killed in the First World War. It could be someone with the same name as you, someone who lived in the same area or someone who you know was in your family.

We hope this exhibition will give you an insight of how terrible World War One was for all the soldiers who fought in it, and those at home who lost people they loved because of it.

Guide Prices

Entry to the Museum is free, however donations to cover costs are welcome.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Museum is in Chesterfield town centre. It has no car park of its own so directions below are to nearest car park.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in left lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Multi-storey car park on right. For surface car parks, at 2nd roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right hand lane and at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take first left and left again into St Mary’s Gate Car Park.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street), then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 5 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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