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Photos: First World War days recreated at Towneley Hall

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Burnley children stepped back in time to the First World War as they tried out a new collection of costumes handed over to Towneley Hall.

The historical garments, which would have been worn by nurses, matrons and medical auxiliaries, were made by the Towneley Hall Society and have been presented to Hall officials.

They will be used by youngsters on school trips to the museum and by families on days out to enable children to gain a better understanding of history by taking a more interactive approach.

The society is also in the process of producing costumes to go with the Egyptian and Victorian displays at Towneley.

Towneley Hall manager Mr Ken Darwen said: “The society kindly agreed to make us some First World War costumes to link in with the commemoration events that we are running at Towneley Hall this year.

“From that they offered to make some dressing up clothes for the visitors in general.

“We did some research and gave the research and books to the society and they’ve made some wonderful, good quality outfits.”

Mrs Rita Walsh, secretary of the Towneley Hall Society, said she wanted to raise awareness of the work the group does and encourage more people to join the organisation.

“We raise money for the Hall and help to enhance the visitor experience but we also do things like this and help out at events.

“By supplying the costumes we are getting the next generation interested in history. We were down here on Bank Holiday Monday and it was absolutely fantastic. I don’t think a lot of people realise what a fantastic place this is.

“We want more people to join the Towneley Hall Society. We have trips out, talks, and other events for £15 subscription a year.”

To find out more about the Towneley Hall Society contact Mrs Walsh on 07946503000.

 

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