Hayes Remembers Exhibition

A big thank you to the many people (over 2,500 adults and children) who visited the Hayes Remembers Exhibition on the 7th - 9th November 2014 to commemorate the 100 years since the start of the First World War and 75 years since the beginning of the Second World War. Over £2400 was raised for service charities.

Your comments were much appreciated and a small selection is given below:

"Very impressed with this interesting and thought-provoking exhibition. Thanks to everyone who organised it."
"A truly wonderful exhibition, sad but it brings home the awful atmosphere of WWI."
"What an amazing collection of local and national history and memorabilia. Young and old alike have combined their efforts to provide a truly memorable experience. Thank you so much, we are so glad we came."
"What a wonderful tribute. So well researched and full of poignant stories and memories."
"A phenomenal effort on the part of many to produce this stunning exhibition."
"One of the most moving exhibitions that I have ever been to. We loved Gunner Bob, very knowledgeable."
"I particularly liked the food tasting."
"All the school displays were fab."
"It has been a most fascinating and moving experience."
"The quilt is wonderful. A work of art."

Hayes remembers. A tribute from Hayes Village, Kent. The World Wars Exhibition.

The exhibition showed the impact of the events of the wars on the lives of those who lived in Hayes and on Hayes itself, and remembered those who died or were wounded.

Highlights included:

Field of Poppies Peace Quilt

The Community Poppy Quilt provided an impressive focal point for the displays. Hayes School asked for individual poppy squares to be created by local individuals, community groups and from their Etwinning schools in Belgium (BerkenBoom Humanoria Bovenbouw, Sint Niklaas, Ypern), France (LP Henri Leroy, Port-Saint-Louis du Rhone), Germany (Kaufmannische Schule Aalen, Aalen, Baden Wurttemberg) and Italy (IIS ‘Cattaneo’, Monselice, Padua).

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Photographs from the exhibition

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World War I artefacts

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Handling table World War II

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Gunner Bob's equipment for his talks

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Part of the model of Hayes in 1914

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Gunner Bob and young recruit

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Well supported

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World War II handling

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World War II artefacts

Hayes Remembers Exhibition