The Final Chapter: Aldershot and Farnborough and the end of the First World War

The Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum have been pleased to work with Rushmoor Borough Council on “The Final Chapter”, a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

On 11th November 1918 the Armistice finally brought an end to the fighting of the First World War. There was rejoicing that the killing had ended, pride in the Allied victory, and relief as the soldiers came home. But the country had paid a terrible price in the huge loss of life, and many who survived suffered from awful wounds, both physical and psychological, which affected the rest of their lives. The impact of the war did not end in 1918, and its social, military and political effects were felt for many years after the guns fell silent.

This exhibition looks at the end of the First World War and its immediate aftermath. The art works give a vivid insight into the post-war world and how it was interpreted through contemporary culture, while the photographs and story boards illustrate the effect of the war on Rushmoor.

“The Final Chapter” was launched at Rushmoor Borough Council offices with a special event on Tuesday 6 November, at which members of the Friends of the Museum joined with representatives of FAST to talk about the aftermath of the war in Aldershot and Farnborough, after which the exhibition moved to the Aldershot Military Museum for the rest of November. When it finishes at the Museum, it is hoped that the exhibition will move to other locations in Rushmoor to allow as many as possible to see it.

The photographs show “The Final Chapter” in the special exhibitions area of the Aldershot Military Museum. In the fourth picture is Dean Hollands, Chair of the Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum, just after completion of the setting-up of the display.