16th-17th June 2018: Barnaby Festival WWI Exhibitions

Capesthorne Room, Macclesfield Town Hall

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018, 10.30am until 4.30pm

Free admission: donations welcome


Exhibition Visitors

Macclesfield Great War Society presents two exhibitions as part of the Barnaby Festival 2018:


Testament of Youth: Edward Brittain’s Perspective
The first day of the 2018 Barnaby Festival will be the centenary of the death of Captain Edward Brittain, M.C., brother of Vera Brittain, author of the autobiographical Testament of Youth.

The exhibition covers Edward’s ‘route through life’, from his birth in Macclesfield, through his commission into the Sherwood Foresters, injury at the Battle of the Somme and Military Cross award, to his controversial death, or possible suicide, on 15th June 1918 in Italy.


From Macclesfield to Muddy Fields: the Route of the 7th Cheshire Regiment through the Great War
An exhibition exploring the journey through England, the Mediterranean, Turkey, Egypt, Mesopotamia, France and Belgium, made by men of the local 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment during the Great War. The exhibition will include information about local men from the 7th Cheshire Regiment who lost their lives in the war.


A Family and Military History Research helpdesk will be provided to assist those who wish to find out more about their ancestors, in collaboration with the Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire (www.fhsc.org.uk).

If you have any information, documents, photos or other artefacts relating to a local person who was involved in the Great War – soldier, sailor, nurse, land girl, etc –  please bring them along to share with us.


The exhibitions will be held in the Capesthorne Room, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, SK10 1EA, and are supported by Macclesfield Town CouncilBarnaby Festival, and the Cheshire Villages Great War Society.


Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival is a biennial ten day festival of arts, culture and fun, based in the town centre. The festival has a different theme every time it is held, and the theme for 2018 is ROOTS/ROUTES, giving rise to several events relating to family history, migration and travel. More information about the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival can be found on the Barnaby Festival website.


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