Folkestone Town Hall, Kent
24 June 2014 - 8 May 2015
In partnership with Step Short and Folkestone Town Council
Discover the journey undertaken by millions of men during the First World War as they left their civilian lives to take up arms and answer their country’s call.
Explore the crucial role Folkestone played as a refuge for the thousands of Belgians who fled the German war machine. Their plight touched the British nation and prompted many men to join the war effort.
This fascinating exhibition draws on the rich Collection of the National Army Museum along with local artefacts and stories to explore how Folkestone became a gateway between Britain and the rest of Europe.
Associated events and talks
Raising the New Army: British Recruiting Posters, 1914–15
25 September 2014, 5.00pm
A talk by David Bownes
Steady the Buffs! The East Kent Regiment on the Western Front
30 October 2014, 7.30pm
A talk by Professor Mark Connelly
Answering the King’s Call: Empire Forces in the First World War
27 November 2014, 12.30pm
A talk by Rob Fleming
First World War Identification and Advice Sessions
27 September 2014, 25 October 2014, 22 November 2014
10.00am - midday
The National Army Museum will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions for people seeking support in their First World War research queries or with items of First World War militaria they would like identified.
Caring for Your Family Treasures
21 February 2015, 28 February 2015, 7 March 2015, 14 March 2015
10.00am - midday
An interactive workshop allowing people to learn the skills required to care for and maintain their family heirlooms. From the packing and storing of photographic albums to tips on cleaning medals, the National Army Museum team will be able to answer a range of conservations questions. Availability for these sessions is limited and therefore pre-booking is essential.
Bound for Blighty
11 April 2015, 10.00am-4.00pm
Discover more about the impact of Folkestone during the early months of the First World War in this family-friendly event. Meet soldiers wounded from the front and those returning on leave as they cross paths with Kitchener’s volunteers on their way to France.