A new exhibition will tell the stories of service children and their experiences of life in the military community.
Running from 2 June to 24 November at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, the exhibition combines objects, personal stories, art and photography.
The museum has partnered with two charities, Little Troopers, which supports service children, and Brian McCarty’s War Toys, to put on the exhibition.
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “There are more than 100,000 children today who have parents serving in the British armed forces so it’s really important that we represent these children and give them the opportunity to tell their story and to share their unique experiences.”
Also included in the exhibition is the photo series War Toys, which brings to life the effects of war on children living in conflict zones. Children, often living in refugee camps, are given the opportunity to depict real scenes from their experiences using toys and the local terrain. The resulting images are impactful and thought provoking.
To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the museum will also highlight the Queen’s own ‘military childhood’ and her Second World War service in the Auxiliary Territorial Service with a timeline of the nation’s toys and books.
Service children get free admission to the exhibition if their accompanying adult shows a valid MOD90 card.