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Horse's head is on loan for World War One exhibition in Leek.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The horse's skull.

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A horse's skull is one of the first artefacts to be loaned for a large-scale exhibition focusing on the First World War in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Leek Town Council, is calling upon the community to loan memorabilia, mementoes or items relating to their family and the Staffordshire Moorlands during the conflict as part of the community exhibition 'Leek and the Moorlands Great War Centenary'.

Project manager Hannah Barter, of Urban Vision, said: "We are inviting people to dust off their boxes, look in their cupboards and help us to discover the lives of our community during the First World War.

"All loans will be securely displayed in the Nicholson Museum on public display from June 21 until December.

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"These local exhibits will complement a larger exhibition of memorabilia and community art marking the centenary of WW1." The Nicholson Museum will be holding three open sessions where people can drop off items directly with the project team from Monday, May 12, until Wednesday, May 14, between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Hannah added: "We will catalogue all loans and document people's stories about the exhibits to inform our exhibition and capture the social history of the Staffordshire Moorlands during this time."

Hannah has already been loaned several items, including a skull of a horse which served during the war. The horse's skull has been loaned for the exhibition by art gallery owner Eric England, of Leek. Mr England said: "We don't know where the horse originated from but we do know that the soldier, Sergeant Roe, who had the horse, came back to live in Leek.

"The skull was given to me by a relative of Sergeant Roe for a previous wartime exhibition. It is understood that Sergeant Roe could not afford to bring his horse back after the war, so brought back the horse's head instead. Six million horses died during the First World War – this shows that not only did humans suffer during the war but also horses."

The 'Leek and the Moorlands Great War Centenary' project has been made possible with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, facilitated by Leek Town Council and supported by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

For further details contact Hannah.barter@uvns.org or alternatively call the museum on: 01538 483741.

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