SERVICE personnel are being offered free entry into a hard-hitting exhibition exploring what life was like for those on the front line and their families left at home during a pivotal year in the First World War.

REMEM1916Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front, at Croydon’s Whitgift Exhibition Centre, is a professionally-produced showcase featuring more than 600 authentic items, many of which have never been on public display before.

Visitors can get a first-hand look at some of the weapons, uniforms, badges and medical equipment used by those serving on the Western Front.

A series of dioramas have also been produced to recreate the realities of war, including British and German trenches and a bombed-out cellar in Verdun. The home front is represented through reconstructions of Edwardian-style rooms.

The exhibition, which is in the grounds of Whitgift School, runs daily from 10am until 5pm until 31 August. Visitors on Sundays in August will also be able to admire Whitgift’s award-winning gardens between 11am and 4pm. Service personnel receive free entry upon production of valid ID.

For full details about Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front, visit the website, email or call 020 8633 9902.

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