Artifact of the Week: World War One Trench Art

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Soldiers have created items, or “Trench Art” in their spare time between battles for hundreds of years. These items give us a glimpse into the past and the lives of soldiers. The most well known pieces of Trench Art are from the First World War. These items were made from spare materials found on the front lines, or things that were available to them, such as bullet cases, shells, scrap metal, coins, or knives. Not only was creating Trench Art a way to pass the time, injured solders were encouraged to create art as a form of therapy.

Come visit Hillary House to check out our World War One Trench Art, currently on display in our exhibit “ World War One:For King and Country” and in our future exhibit “World War One: Road To Vimy” coming in 2017.