Dorking Museum Exhibition: Dorking 1917
The fourth of our popular special exhibitions commemorating the centenary of the Great War with a focus on the Home Front. Dorking 1917 highlights the impact of the third year of the war on the life of the town. Raids on London saw an influx of Londoners seeking the comparative safety of the town, putting a great strain on accommodation and services, while raids on shipping impacted on imported foodstuffs. Shortages of food and other basics took their toll on health and morale. But major summer celebrations helped to raise morale and raised money for the war effort. The exhibition also includes the roll call of local casualties – including those from the Battle of Passchendaele – and follows the progress of the local volunteer ‘territorial’ company from Dorking to India and over to what was then Mesopotamia where many succumbed to heatstroke, fever and disease rather than enemy action. Museum opens Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10am-4pm.
Dates: 19 Oct 2017 – 20 Jan 2018
Entry Cost with Museum entry:
Adults £2, Concessions £1, Under-5s free, Family ticket £4.50
Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre, The Old Foundry,
62 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BS