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Observations on an Exhibition

The weekend of 6-8th March saw the culmination of the visits, research and work of 183 children from four Billericay schools in their display on WW1 in the Reading Rooms. 
This Heritage Lottery funded project was the brainchild of the Reading Rooms’  trustees as a way of engaging young people in their town and its history. Linking them with the events of 100 years ago in a way which brought it to life for them and those of us who went to see their exhibition.
Comments in the visitors’ book encapsulated the response of a number of visitors
A wonderful exhibition. It’s good to see the schools involved.  Great for community spirit.
A most poignant and fascinating exhibition.  We are so glad that today’s children have been so involved.
The young people who were there on the day I visited where really engaged with the visitors telling them what they had found out and learning more from some of Billericay’s older residents. Some of whom were descendants of people and shops which were featured. This was wonderful for the children as it is like living history.
I am sure that the children involved will see the experience as part of their own history. One mum said that her daughter could talk of nothing else while she was involved in the project and one young man asked his parents to take him to the Imperial War Museum as he particularly wanted to visit.  As a result he put together a family tree going back to his great grandfather.  So well done the Reading Rooms for putting together the project for the second year running and engaging so many people, conversations and memories.
Keith Wood, chairman of the Reading Rooms Trustees would like to thank all those people who visited the exhibition and gave their support since without the support it would not have been the success it was.