Corby’s First World War links to be explored in new exhibition

Corbys links with the one of the most well-known battles of the First World War will be the subject of a new exhibition
Corbys links with the one of the most well-known battles of the First World War will be the subject of a new exhibition

Corby’s links with the one of the most well-known battles of the First World War will be the subject of a new exhibition.

Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme and Corby Council will be taking a look at Corby during the conflict and its connections with the battle in the latest exhibition at the Corby Heritage Centre.

This new exhibition, which will be open to the public from Saturday, June 18, will look at local men who fought in the battle and how their small Northamptonshire village coped during the “war to end all wars”.

It will also include a life-size mock-up of a First World War trench and associated memorabilia, as well as research from Gretton Historical Society about how the war affected the people of Gretton.

Lead member for community Cllr John McGhee said: “Corby Heritage Centre is full to the brim with Corby’s rich history and this exhibition is just another way to get people of all ages in to remember and learn about the war and Corby’s involvement.

“With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme coming up, it’s important that we remember and appreciate the hard times that these people went through.”

Corby Heritage Centre is open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm (excluding Bank Holiday weekends).

For more information, contact Corby Council heritage development officer Billy Dalziel on 01563 464284.