AN EXHIBITION showcasing items from the First World War is to be displayed at Big Pit on Saturday.

Exhibition in a Box is the final project designed by Head4Arts in their series of activities linked to the First World War Centenary.

The exhibition contains a travelling trunk, which opens up to reveal a series of keepsake boxes.

Each box contains authentic artefacts such as postcards, service records, a horse shoe and a whistle.

The objects can be handled and have been carefully chosen to promote a deeper understanding of the conflict.

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The Death Penny is one of the artefacts included inside the trunk. Picture: Head4Arts.

A heritage specialist will be on hand at Big Pit to provide background information such as an explanation of the Death Penny, a bronze memorial plaque sent to the families of men and women who had lost their lives between 1914-18.

Some items are marked with an augmented reality code to provide a multi-sensory experience.

When scanned, participants can watch digital stories about people from the Valleys, listen to First World War music, read online articles and experience remembrance services.

The exhibition is free and people can drop in at any time during the afternoon.

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An animation about the Gallipoli Campaign being played via the augmented reality marker on one of the items in the box.

Visitors can then make a commemorative object such as a sweetheart pin cushion or make a print.

Head4Arts project manager Bethan Lewis said: “The theme of the boxes is the different types of silence.

“There’s silence as an act of remembrance, silence as a form of protection, silence as a consequence of trauma and silence of dissent.

“We hope that the boxes will stimulate discussion and spark the imagination.”

The project has been funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund.


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Objects and stories have been gathered with the support of heritage partners Gwent Archives, Glamorgan Archives, the Winding House, Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery, and Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales.

The Big Pit event will add to the previous workshops held with community members and school children.

These have produced creative work which will be exhibited at the end of the project and will be available online in a digital format to help others learn about the far-reaching aftermath of the conflict.