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Your Country Calls: Enlistment to Embarkation

Last updated: 15 October 2014

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

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

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.

Venue details

Address The Town Hall
1-2 Guildhall Street
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 1DY
Website www.folkestonetc.kentparishes.gov.uk
Bookings For event bookings contact Rebecca McCutcheon on 01303 257946 or Rebecca.mccutcheon@folkstone-tc.gov.uk

2 comments

Paul Rennie
30 May 2014, 2.58pm

We have announced your

We have announced your exhibition on our website. Later in June we shall have a webpage of wartime posters and souvenirs, also a display in our window which can be seen in our shop in the Old High Street Folkestone.

K Ellis
23 July 2014, 11.17am

I saw years ago the plaque on

I saw years ago the plaque on the sea front to men, horses and mules who went from folkestone

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