Thurrock Museum Volunteers – Exhibition ‘Peace – Making a New Europe’

Peace – Making a New Europe’ a free exhibition researched and presented by Thurrock Museum Volunteers will be in the ground floor exhibition space of the Thameside Complex from Monday 24 June to Friday 5 July (closing at 11am on 5 July).

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World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in France on 28 June 1919. Germany was stripped of land, was forced to reduce it’s military force and had to pay reparations. The terms of the Treaty had a huge impact on Europe. Prior to the signing of the Treaty British Girl Guides played an important role in the peace negotiations by running errands at the Paris Peace Conference. At home life had changed for the men and women who returned from war.

Many had been injured and help was needed for disabled veterans; housing, work and medical support were urgently required. Some Thurrock employers specifically advertised for ex-servicemen. Articles from the Gazette reflect local life at the end of the war. Peace celebrations took place across the Borough and fundraising meetings were held for local war memorials. The first one erected in Thurrock was at Stanford le Hope in 1920. June 1919 also saw the first non-stop Transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown, two British men who had both been prisoners of war.

This is the final exhibition in the series of World War I commemorations presented by the Museum Volunteers, who are now working on a new project to commemorate the 80th anniversary of World War II looking at significant events of the war and the homefront. They are interested in speaking with anyone with personal memories of World War II, with a Thurrock connection. Contact Thurrock.museum@thurrock.gov.uk

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